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Awaiting Blood Results For Drug Driving? What You Need To Know

Awaiting Blood Results For Drug Driving? What You Need To Know

If you’re awaiting results for drug driving, it is important not to let the time run down without securing yourself some expert legal representation.  Awaiting Blood Results For Drug Driving? What You Need To Know

As soon as you are asked by the police to provide a sample of blood, saliva, or urine, you will want to make sure you have access to this kind of legal advice.

Reach out to one of our specialist drug driving solicitors today – for FREE and with no obligation – by giving us a call on 033 03411690 or by completing a Free Online Enquiry with zero commitment to use us.

With that out of the way, here is everything you need to know about how long you need to wait to get blood test results for drug driving:

Drug Driving Blood Test Results – How Long Do You Have To Wait?

The average wait time for drug driving blood test results is six to eight weeks. However, this isn’t a fixed limit. It’s not uncommon for blood test results to take longer than eight weeks to come back.

Just think of the process involved. The police have to get a medical professional to take the sample either at the police station or a hospital. It then has to be sent off to a forensic science laboratory.

These laboratories differ in size and efficiency. The particular lab that the police send your sample to may also be very busy or overworked. Then the results have to get back to the police and they have to get around to notifying you.

In short, there’s no guarantee that your sample has come back negative or that “things are looking good” if you haven’t been notified within eight weeks.

Understanding Police Drug Driving Test Procedure

One thing that many people overlook when waiting for the results of a drug driving blood test is the actual substances (i.e. which drugs) are illegal to have in your system when driving.

For a long time, drug driving was penalised in the UK under wider laws around dangerous driving. Since 2015 though, changes were made to the Road Traffic Act that laid the groundwork for a specific drug driving offence.

These changes set out 17 drugs with set limits for each drug as to what counts as an illegal quantity to have in your system when driving. Around half of these are drugs that are illegal anyway – things like cocaine and cannabis.

The surprise for many people is that not all of these drugs are illegal on their own. The other half of those seventeen are prescription medications that your doctor can give you. However, you are still not allowed to have certain levels of these drugs in your system and drive.

To prove that you were guilty of drug driving, the police need to show that you had more than the legally allowed limit of a specific one of those seventeen drugs in your system at the time you were driving.

Drug Driving Technical Defences

If you are concerned that your blood test result for drug driving may come back as over the limit, there may still be options open to you. We have already covered how to avoid a drug driving ban in a deep dive, but it is useful to know that many possible defences do relate to your blood test.

In our long experience of successfully defending clients against drug driving charges, we have found that these defences tend to be grouped around the facts that:

  1. There is a significant time gap between your being stopped by the police and when your blood is tested
  2. Roadside test kits can be fallible
  3. Evidence relating to blood test results is often mishandled by the police or prosecution

How Long Do The Police Have To Prosecute You For Drug Driving?

The police usually have six months to prosecute you for a drug driving offence. A great deal of that time can be spent waiting for the blood test results to come back from the lab.

People who are accused of drug driving can go through what amounts to two months or more of stressful waiting time to get their blood test results back. But then they often start to relax…
They begin to suspect that they may have been found to be under the limit. When they then receive notification that the police intend to prosecute them, it can come as a big shock.

Again, this is why it is so important to engage a specialist drug driving solicitor to represent you. They can advise you what to do, what to expect, and the best defence you can put forward.

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