Drug Driving Offences

Drug Driving Offences

It is an offence to drive if you are unfit to do so because of legal or illegal drugs in your system.

Police have the powers to ask you to perform a field impairment assessment if they think you are on or have taken drugs. This is a series of tests, eg asking you to walk in a straight line. They can also use a roadside drug kit to screen for cannabis and cocaine.

If they think you’re unfit to drive because of taking drugs, you’ll be arrested and will have to take a blood or urine test at a police station.

You could be charged with a crime if the test shows you’ve taken drugs and they have hindered or impaired your ability to drive a vehicle.

Legal Drugs

It is vital you speak to your Doctor about the affects medication has on your driving ability.  Especially if you have been prescribed any of the following drugs – Amphetamines, diazepam, Lorazepam, Methadone, morphine or opiate based drugs & temazepam.

Penalties

The likely penalties for drug drive offences are:

  • 1 year ban
  • Unlimited fine
  • 6 months prison sentence
  • a criminal record

Other considerations:

  • will remain on your licence for 11 years
  • increased insurance costs
  • trouble going to the USA
  • Must be reported to your employer if you drive for a living

Drug Driving Offences – Further Information

If you have been charged with drug driving offences it is important you speak to our dedicated Motoring Offences Solicitors who are experienced in defending clients on these charges and regularly act for clients across the UK.

Call our Motoring Offences team on 0800 088 6280 or email enquries@rotherasharp.co.uk