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Drug Drive Penalties

Drug Drive Penalties

Drug Drive Penalties – What are the drug driving penalties in the UK?

In the UK, drug driving is a serious crime with an equally serious punishment. But exactly what are the drug driving penalties?

Let’s take a look at each of the possible consequences if you are charged with drug driving by the police:

What Is Drug Driving?

It is important to understand that drug driving limits in the UK apply to 17 specific drugs. Eight of these are illegal anyway, but nine are prescription medications that your doctor can give to you.

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.

Drink driving- Not guilty.

Worth every penny!

I was certain I would lose my license at the time.

After contacting Parnell and Peel, Abdul quickly filled me with confidence and explained in great detail how he would defend my case.

He clearly has a lot of experience and knowledge.

In the end I didn’t even need to go to trial as my case was dropped a few days before, all thanks to Abdul and his team.

I can’t thank him enough and I would highly recommend Parnell and Peel solicitors to anyone.

Louis Harrison

Wow, words cannot express how happy I am today when I was told the good news by Abdul that my drink drive court case has been dropped.

From the very first day I contacted Abdul when i was charged with drink drive offense, he assured me to calm down and that he will do all he can to get me the possible outcome and that is exacted what I had.

I will 100% recommend Parnell and Peel Solicitors to you if you find yourself at the wrong side of the law.

Once again, thank you Abdul, Thank you Parnell and Peel Solicitors.

Leonard A

Each of these seventeen drugs has a set limit (measured in microgrammes per litre of blood) that you can have in your bloodstream and still legally drive:

Illegal Drugs

The drug drive limits for each of the already-illegal drugs you can have in your system are set to very low levels. However, the goal was to set these above the level you would have in your system if you had only been passive smoking, for example.

The eight illegal drugs that have set limits for what also constitutes drug driving are:

  • Cannabis
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Ketamine
  • LSD
  • MDMA
  • Meth
  • Speed

Legal Prescription Drugs

In theory, the drug drive limits for the nine legal prescription drugs are set above the standard dosage levels that you should have in your system were you prescribed them by your doctor. You should always carry your prescription documentation with you, just in case you are stopped.

The nine legal medications (actually eight plus Amphetamines, which have special limits given their use as both medication and for illegal recreation) covered by drug driving laws are:

  • Amphetamines
  • Clonazepam
  • Diazepam
  • Flunitrazepam
  • Lorazepam
  • Methadone
  • Morphine (and opioid-based drugs in general)
  • Oxazepam
  • Temazepam

What Are The Drug Driving Penalties In The UK?

1) A Mandatory Minimum 12-Month Driving Ban

If you are found guilty of drug driving, the court must impose a minimum driving ban of at least 12 months. If there were any aggravating factors in your case – things that would make it more serious, for example if you were also speeding in a city centre area – this can be extended to three years.

A driving ban might not sound that serious to some people. But for many others, the immediate questions are:

  • How will I get to work if I can't drive?
  • If my work involves driving, how will I earn a living?
  • If I can't drive, how much does public transport cost?

2) An Unlimited Fine

The court is likely to impose a financial penalty on you too. In theory, this can be an unlimited amount. But, in practice, it's usually:

  1. Limited to £5000, the maximum fine that a magistrates' court can impose
  2. Linked to your income, usually estimated at between one and two week's wages

Regardless though, that's still not an amount of money that most people will look forward to having to pay.

3) Up To Six Months In Prison

For the worst cases, the court may impose a drug driving penalty that also includes actual prison time.

This isn't always part of a penalty. However, it is something that can happen – particularly if there were any more aggravating factors or you have other similar offences on your record.

4) A Criminal Record

A criminal record is not something to take lightly. You have to disclose it to future employers, for instance. This can make it difficult to find work or change jobs.

It is also difficult to travel to some other countries – such as the USA – if you have a criminal record.

5) An 11-Year Endorsement On Your Driving License

Finally, the fact you were found guilty of drug driving stays on your driving license for the next eleven years. Once you are allowed to drive again, this will make your car insurance much more expensive – you'll be viewed as a risk.

What Do I Do If I Am Charged With Drug Driving?

Drug drive penalties can be life-altering – and not in a good way. If you have been charged with drug driving, you need to find expert legal representation right away. So why not talk to us about it?

DFR Solicitors have successfully helped 95% of our clients avoid or reduce any driving ban they would be facing from a motoring offence.

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Amazing support from Abdul.

I had charge from the court for 12 points for two different incidents.

Abdul assisted me with this like family and finally got out of the charges. It was nearly a year journey and I never felt left alone.

I recommend everyone to seek advice from him, very knowledgeable and helpful.

Waarisha Iffat

Abdul Ali was extremely helpful and re-assuring throughout the process.

He was always available and on-call even outside your traditional working hours.

I’d highly recommend Abdul as with his experience and confidence regarding the matter, he’s always comfortable in dealing with it as he’s been there and done it many times before!

Ashraf Kizito

“Stopped for drink driving, I started a dream job, and I could have lost everything, Kieran was brilliant at putting forward detailed legal arguments, which resulted in the prosecution offering no evidence in my case. Unbelievable, Thank you to Parnell & Peel Solicitors.”

Oliver Reith

Contacted Pamell and Peel on Friday re a driving offence.

Answered immediately.

Abdul has been extremely helpful.

I would definitely recommend.

Ewan B

Abdul was brilliant to work with.

Answered all calls and texts with helpful information and on the day of court.

He got me the outcome I wanted

Anna Heywood

Drink driving- Not guilty.

Worth every penny!

I was certain I would lose my license at the time.

After contacting Parnell and Peel, Abdul quickly filled me with confidence and explained in great detail how he would defend my case.

He clearly has a lot of experience and knowledge.

In the end I didn’t even need to go to trial as my case was dropped a few days before, all thanks to Abdul and his team.

I can’t thank him enough and I would highly recommend Parnell and Peel solicitors to anyone.

Louis Harrison

I am extremely grateful for the exceptional services provided by solicitor Abdul in my drink-driving case.

His expertise and dedication resulted in a successful outcome even before we went to court.

I was impressed by his thorough understanding of the legal system and his ability to navigate through the complexities of my case.

I highly recommend Abdul for anyone in need of a reliable and skilled solicitor.

Thank you for your outstanding work!

Gani Qufaj

They done the impossible, got caught drink driving, I thought I would lose my license, however Abdul Ali insisted that I had a case, I just decided to take the risk, it went a lot better than I could have ever imagined.

He managed to drop my case before it got to the second trial, the whole experience was very smooth and he was very positive and uplifting throughout the whole process.

Just trust them and leave them to do their job.

THEY WILL SORT IT.

Will recommend them to everyone!

Mani Sameni

Mr Abdul Ali took my case on a few weeks before my case, he understood how vital it was for me to not get a ban on my driving licence due to totting up of points.

He was reassuring all through out the build up to my case, he guided me all through the information I would need for presenting evidence for an exceptional hardship case and on the day went through how the court process would be.

I was very nervous but through his expertise and guidance I was able to present my case and was successful in not being banned from driving.

I could not state highly enough how valuable he was to my case and me personally as soon as I met him I knew he was the right solicitor for me.

He took the time to understand my case and what I had to loose and did everything in professional capacity in court to ensure I received the verdict that I wanted.

I would highly recommend his services and expertise to anyone in such driving offences situation.

Kindera Hopkins

First of all I would like to start with a massive Thankyou to Abdul Ali and his team.

This is to be my first review as I have never ever posted one.

I was charged with Failure To Provide Specimen with the suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The prosecution was looking to throw the book at me give a custodial sentence however due to Abdul’s above and beyond examination of the evidence it was concluded that the prosecution had no case as they had no evidence of me driving the car.

If you are in trouble it is always worth getting legal advice and seeing what can be done.

This guy is an extremely educated person and knows exactly what he is talking about.

He was throughout in contact even answering my phone at stupid times when I used to have some questions so I got to give it to him for his dedication.

All in all I would definitely say this firm and Abdul Ali is definitely someone I’d blindly put my trust in.

Jeremiah Daniel

Wow, words cannot express how happy I am today when I was told the good news by Abdul that my drink drive court case has been dropped.

From the very first day I contacted Abdul when i was charged with drink drive offense, he assured me to calm down and that he will do all he can to get me the possible outcome and that is exacted what I had.

I will 100% recommend Parnell and Peel Solicitors to you if you find yourself at the wrong side of the law.

Once again, thank you Abdul, Thank you Parnell and Peel Solicitors.

Leonard A

I was stopped for drink drive I was devastated as I stood on the verge of losing everything

I spoke to Abdul and he was reassuring and informed me that we could put a technical defence forward.

The prosecution on the day of the trial offered no evidence.

I am so grateful to the team at Parnel.

My experience was excellent particular thanks go to Abdul

Eliza A

After a gruelling process of putting forward a post consumption defence the CPS failed to counter defend the evidence presented by the team at Parnell and Peel.

I’m a happy man and glad I get to keep my licence!

Ismail A

“Hi Abdul, I would like to thank you and your team for looking after me after been charged with Drink Driving, from the initial contact with Nancy to speaking to you and especially Keiran who represented me in court, who I can’t thank enough. When I thought there was no hope you and Kieran sorted what I thought was a hopeless case. I would strongly recommend you to anyone in the same position. Again thank you to you and your team.”

Nigel Murray

“My family and friends were sceptical about using Solicitors after I was stopped for drink driving. Parnell & Peel Solicitors were willing take a case on that others told was hopeless. I am astounded by Abdul and his teams brilliance in helping me to avoid conviction. If you have been stopped for drink driving do not hesitate to use Parnell & Peel Solicitors.”

Thomas Mcdonagh

Can’t recommend Abdul and his team enough.

Even when I taught there was nothing I could Abdul reassured he would do everything he could.

Very perfessional and were always at the other end of the phone.

Received the best outcome there is and kept my license.

Kevin Murray

These guys are the real deal. Abdul was absolutely excellent in dealing with my drink driving case. We didn’t have a very strong case but thanks to his preparation, perseverance and calm approach in court, the charge was dropped.

In court, Abdul was quick thinking and really dictated the speed and flow of proceedings, taking time to properly consider the argument put forward and close down the prosecution.

Highly recommend.

Archie1254

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“Hi Abdul, I would like to thank you and your team for looking after me after been charged with Drink Driving, from the initial contact with Nancy to speaking to you and especially Keiran who represented me in court, who I can’t thank enough. When I thought there was no hope you and Kieran sorted what I thought was a hopeless case. I would strongly recommend you to anyone in the same position. Again thank you to you and your team.”

Nigel Murray

“My family and friends were sceptical about using Solicitors after I was stopped for drink driving. Parnell & Peel Solicitors were willing take a case on that others told was hopeless. I am astounded by Abdul and his teams brilliance in helping me to avoid conviction. If you have been stopped for drink driving do not hesitate to use Parnell & Peel Solicitors.”

Thomas Mcdonagh

“Stopped for drink driving, I started a dream job, and I could have lost everything, Kieran was brilliant at putting forward detailed legal arguments, which resulted in the prosecution offering no evidence in my case. Unbelievable, Thank you to Parnell & Peel Solicitors.”

Oliver Reith

Pricey but when you have your livelihood at stake definitely worth it. No jargon Abdul was just great at explaining away difficult concepts very easily. The barrister used was also fantastic. They are a great firm.”

Mizlain Walton

Parnell and Peel what can you say. Abdul was amazing meticulous and professional throughout. Great customer care and friendly team. Everything was outstanding. Fantastic team, fantastic result.”

Alina Arten

“It was the worse time of my life. My nephew had made allegation against me. I contacted Parnell and Peel, and from the very first conversation with Abdul, I knew he was the one to help me. Parnell used many experts including psychological ones to show that my nephew was not telling the truth, old phone records were also used to provide me with a defence. I was relieved when the Prosecution dropped by Case. I will forever be grateful to the team at Parnell.”

RT

“Thank You, Thank you. I believed my life had ended. I was falsely accused of Rape and I didn’t know where to turn to. I contacted many solicitors, until deciding upon Parnell. It’s the best decision I ever made. The Prosecution offered no evidence, during the Crown Court hearing.”

MS

“Parnell and Peel are magnificent, not only are they excellent at their jobs, but they are humans. Abdul was truly amazing, as was the whole team. The thought of prison for something I did not do was truly terrifying. Abduls amazing eye for detail saved the day. The prosecution had noty followed the correct procedure, and the witnesses had lied on oath. I was found not guilty”

JW

“Brilliant, absolutely amazing firm. I contacted Abdul, having spoken to other firms, although more expensive, you simply get what you pay for. Attentive, inquisitive, and fantastic in Court, both Abdul and John wo represented me during my trial were excellent. Found not guilty of historic allegations.”

Anonymous

These guys are the real deal. Abdul was absolutely excellent in dealing with my drink driving case. We didn’t have a very strong case but thanks to his preparation, perseverance and calm approach in court, the charge was dropped.

In court, Abdul was quick thinking and really dictated the speed and flow of proceedings, taking time to properly consider the argument put forward and close down the prosecution.

Highly recommend.

Archie1254

Amazing support from Abdul.

I had charge from the court for 12 points for two different incidents.

Abdul assisted me with this like family and finally got out of the charges. It was nearly a year journey and I never felt left alone.

I recommend everyone to seek advice from him, very knowledgeable and helpful.

Waarisha Iffat

They done the impossible, got caught drink driving, I thought I would lose my license, however Abdul Ali insisted that I had a case, I just decided to take the risk, it went a lot better than I could have ever imagined.

He managed to drop my case before it got to the second trial, the whole experience was very smooth and he was very positive and uplifting throughout the whole process.

Just trust them and leave them to do their job.

THEY WILL SORT IT.

Will recommend them to everyone!

Mani Sameni

Mr Abdul Ali took my case on a few weeks before my case, he understood how vital it was for me to not get a ban on my driving licence due to totting up of points.

He was reassuring all through out the build up to my case, he guided me all through the information I would need for presenting evidence for an exceptional hardship case and on the day went through how the court process would be.

I was very nervous but through his expertise and guidance I was able to present my case and was successful in not being banned from driving.

I could not state highly enough how valuable he was to my case and me personally as soon as I met him I knew he was the right solicitor for me.

He took the time to understand my case and what I had to loose and did everything in professional capacity in court to ensure I received the verdict that I wanted.

I would highly recommend his services and expertise to anyone in such driving offences situation.

Kindera Hopkins

Abdul Ali was extremely helpful and re-assuring throughout the process.

He was always available and on-call even outside your traditional working hours.

I’d highly recommend Abdul as with his experience and confidence regarding the matter, he’s always comfortable in dealing with it as he’s been there and done it many times before!

Ashraf Kizito

I am extremely grateful for the exceptional services provided by solicitor Abdul in my drink-driving case.

His expertise and dedication resulted in a successful outcome even before we went to court.

I was impressed by his thorough understanding of the legal system and his ability to navigate through the complexities of my case.

I highly recommend Abdul for anyone in need of a reliable and skilled solicitor.

Thank you for your outstanding work!

Gani Qufaj

First of all I would like to start with a massive Thankyou to Abdul Ali and his team.

This is to be my first review as I have never ever posted one.

I was charged with Failure To Provide Specimen with the suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The prosecution was looking to throw the book at me give a custodial sentence however due to Abdul’s above and beyond examination of the evidence it was concluded that the prosecution had no case as they had no evidence of me driving the car.

If you are in trouble it is always worth getting legal advice and seeing what can be done.

This guy is an extremely educated person and knows exactly what he is talking about.

He was throughout in contact even answering my phone at stupid times when I used to have some questions so I got to give it to him for his dedication.

All in all I would definitely say this firm and Abdul Ali is definitely someone I’d blindly put my trust in.

Jeremiah Daniel

Abdul was brilliant to work with.

Answered all calls and texts with helpful information and on the day of court.

He got me the outcome I wanted

Anna Heywood

Can’t recommend Abdul and his team enough.

Even when I taught there was nothing I could Abdul reassured he would do everything he could.

Very perfessional and were always at the other end of the phone.

Received the best outcome there is and kept my license.

Kevin Murray

Drink driving- Not guilty.

Worth every penny!

I was certain I would lose my license at the time.

After contacting Parnell and Peel, Abdul quickly filled me with confidence and explained in great detail how he would defend my case.

He clearly has a lot of experience and knowledge.

In the end I didn’t even need to go to trial as my case was dropped a few days before, all thanks to Abdul and his team.

I can’t thank him enough and I would highly recommend Parnell and Peel solicitors to anyone.

Louis Harrison

Wow, words cannot express how happy I am today when I was told the good news by Abdul that my drink drive court case has been dropped.

From the very first day I contacted Abdul when i was charged with drink drive offense, he assured me to calm down and that he will do all he can to get me the possible outcome and that is exacted what I had.

I will 100% recommend Parnell and Peel Solicitors to you if you find yourself at the wrong side of the law.

Once again, thank you Abdul, Thank you Parnell and Peel Solicitors.

Leonard A

After a gruelling process of putting forward a post consumption defence the CPS failed to counter defend the evidence presented by the team at Parnell and Peel.

I’m a happy man and glad I get to keep my licence!

Ismail A

Contacted Pamell and Peel on Friday re a driving offence.

Answered immediately.

Abdul has been extremely helpful.

I would definitely recommend.

Ewan B

I was stopped for drink drive I was devastated as I stood on the verge of losing everything

I spoke to Abdul and he was reassuring and informed me that we could put a technical defence forward.

The prosecution on the day of the trial offered no evidence.

I am so grateful to the team at Parnel.

My experience was excellent particular thanks go to Abdul

Eliza A