Drink driving

The legal drink drive limit of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath is 35 micro-grams. It’s this reading which can hugely affect the sentence which may be given. To determine the level of alcohol in the systems investigations may require a blood or urine sample.

In cases where the reading is low, the likely sentence is a fine. However, at the other end of the spectrum a Community Order can be passed, possibly including a curfew, or probation order. The breath test reading and the amount you are over the drink driving limit will also affect the length of any driving ban which is passed.

Where the breath reading goes over 120 milligrams the Courts will consider a prison sentence and will also consider factors such as whether passengers were present, if there was an accident and any previous offences of Drink Driving.

Drug driving

Driving with drugs such as cannabis or cocaine in your system is a serious offence which can lead to a lengthy disqualification from driving.  A police officer may stop a car they believe to be driven by someone under the influence of drugs for a variety of reasons, however once stopped, an officer may have reasonable grounds for arrest simply by noticing an odour, bloodshot eyes, or a twitching jaw.

In 2015, the law relating to Drug Driving changed and it is now an offence to drive with certain controlled drugs above a specified level in your blood, including some over-the-counter, medical drugs. The limits which have been set are very low, making it easier to catch and convict people for Drug Driving.

The police are able to test, at the roadside, for cannabis and cocaine and are also able to screen for the presence of other drugs such as LSD and heroin.


What should you do if you’ve been charged for Drink driving or Drug driving?

If you or a family member are accused of Drink driving or Drug driving, you should seek legal advice immediately. It is vital that you receive the best advice possible and provide as much detail of the facts of your case as you can to ensure the right result for you.

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