Driving under the influence of drugs is a criminal offence. It is illegal to drive if you are unfit to do so because you have taken legal or illegal drugs or you have certain levels of illegal drugs in your blood stream, even if they haven’t affected your driving capabilities.

If the police  believe you are driving under the influence of drugs, they can stop you and make you do a ‘field impairment assessment’. This could be a series of tests; such as asking you to walk in a straight line, or use a roadside drug kit. Should you fail these tests you will be taken to the Police Station for a blood test.

What are the Punishments?

If you’re convicted of drug driving you could face

  • A minimum 1 year driving ban
  • An unlimited fine
  • Up to 6 months in prison
  • A criminal record
  • Indication of driving license for conviction of drug driving which will last up for 11 years.

Other problems you may occur

  • Increased car insurance costs
  • If you drive for your job you may lose your employment
  • You may be denied access to countries as a result of your criminal record, such as the USA

Defence for Drug Driving

Our motoring defence team will investigate whether the devices used to obtain a drug reading were used correctly and by a trained police officer. There may be a defences if certain complex rules and regulations were not followed.

Each case will be reviewed on its own facts. CM Solicitors have been able to retain the services of a top barrister’s chambers. All of our clients  therefore have at least  two lawyers working on their case, as well as receiving the best possible representation in Court.


For a no-obligation discussion about your case please contact David Seligman on 0800 1444 111, or email him at davidseligman@cmsolicitors.co.uk. Alternatively, please complete our online form and one of our defence lawyers will be in touch with you within 24 hours.