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Drug Driving Solicitors
If you are charged with driving whilst unfit through drugs currently it is not enough for the police to show that you had taken a drug prior to driving, or that you were in possession of a drug when stopped or even that there was a presence of an illegal drug in your blood.
The prosecution must establish that your ability to drive is properly impaired by the drug. Can the police show that there was bad driving, that the persons condition showed evidence of impairment such as slurred speech, pupils dilated e.t.c; in addition to drugs being present in the persons blood.
The police will often call a Police Doctor who has the accused carry out a series of tests at the police station such as walking in a straight line (heel to toe), touching the tip of your nose with your finger e.t.c with a view to assessing whether the persons condition had been affected by the drug.
The section this offence is charged under and the recommended maximum sentence for driving or attempting to drive whilst unfit through drugs, on conviction, is as follows: -
Section 4(1) Road Traffic Act 1988
36 months disqualification and 6 months imprisonment
Representation and Defences
Our solicitors have many years of experience in cross examining police officers observations and the opinions of professionals such as Doctors thus increasing the prospects of the case being successfully challenged.
We will never countenance a guilty plea until we are satisfied that there are no deficiencies in the Prosecutions case that can be used to your advantage.
If a guilty plea is unavoidable or advisable we will strive to ensure the best possible sentence in your case. By applying the Magistrates´ sentencing guidelines carefully and skilfully and presenting mitigation that may not be obvious to a lay person. We are often successful in persuading the Magistrates to depart from the guidelines by imposing a much reduced sentence.
Getting Advice and Representation
If you are facing a charge of driving whilst unfit through drugs you should speak to a solicitor as soon as possible. Our lines are open 24 hours a day on 0333 011 0515 and all enquires are free with no obligation. Our services are available throughout the North West including Liverpool, Wirral, Southport, St Helens etc.
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