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Drug Driving

In 2017 legal limits were introduced spanning seventeen controlled drugs, some illegal, some legal. It is an offence to be over the prescribed limit for any of these substances and you can be prosecuted whether or not there is evidence of their affecting your driving. If you’re convicted of drug driving you’ll get:

  • a minimum 1 year driving ban
  • an unlimited fine
  • up to 6 months in prison
  • a criminal record

Your driving licence will also show you’ve been convicted for drug driving. This will last for 11 years.

So it is important to enlist expert legal representation. At NGP we have successfully defended many clients charged with drug-related road traffic offences. Contact NGP as early as possible for a free consultation so we can discuss your options. We are experts in the field and have a long record of outstanding results.

The government website lists the following prescription drugs as those on which you should consult with your doctor regarding your ability to drive:

  • amphetamine, eg dexamphetamine or selegiline
  • clonazepam
  • diazepam
  • flunitrazepam
  • lorazepam
  • methadone
  • morphine or opiate and opioid-based drugs, eg codeine, tramadol or fentanyl
  • oxazepam
  • temazepam

And these illegal drugs have a low ‘accidental exposure’ threshold with a zero tolerance approach:

  • benzoylecgonine
  • cocaine
  • delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (cannabis)
  • ketamine
  • lysergic acid diethylamide
  • methylamphetamine
  • methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)
  • 6-monoacetylmorphine (heroin)

amphetamine (speed), which can be used illegally and medicinally, completes the list.

As with other driving offences, it may be possible to appeal your sentence should you consider it unfair. Again NGP are well placed to assist you with this process. Normally an appeal has to be lodged within 21 days of sentencing (although there are certain circumstances in which the court will allow appeals after this point).

Contact NGP now to discuss your options.