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 roadside, for cannabis and cocaine and are also able to screen for the presence of other drugs such as LSD and heroin.
As with Drink Driving, the consequences of a conviction are wide-ranging and far reaching, including a prison sentence, disqualification from driving or an unlimited fine.
If you are accused of 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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