If you are questioned, arrested or charged with drug driving, it is essential to get in touch with a specialist driving offence solicitor without delay to protect your rights. Here at Keith J Tuck Solicitors, we have a hard-earned reputation for achieving the best outcome for our clients. Contact us today for immediate, expert advice and representation.
The Law on Drug Driving in Scotland
Currently, you can be charged with drug driving if drugs, whether illegal or prescription, cause your driving to be impaired. Impairment is assessed at the roadside using the “field impairment test”. If you fail this test, you will be taken to a police station and required to provide a blood sample.
The law on drug driving is due to change in 2019 and will bring Scotland in line with England and Wales in this area. The updated law will introduce roadside drug testing by police and will also see specific limits introduced for a number of drugs. Roadside drug testing will involve a mouth swab, which will indicate the presence of drugs where there is a colour change after a short time. The test will only detect some drugs; a blood test taken at a police station will be required for certain other drugs.
Under the changes, some drugs will be subject to specified limits, while a zero-tolerance approach will apply to others.
Penalties for Drug Driving in Scotland
The penalties available to courts for those found guilty of drug driving both now and after the change in law are a minimum 12-month driving disqualification, six months' maximum imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000.
It is important to seek legal advice and representation at the earliest opportunity. Our drug driving lawyers can support you at any stage. If you have been charged, you will be asked what you want to plead at the first hearing. It is, therefore, strongly advised that you receive legal advice before you attend. Get in touch with us straight away. We are highly experienced in both Sheriff Court and High Court cases and have a consulting room adjacent to the Glasgow Sherriff Court in Carlton Place. We can discuss your case with the Procurator Fiscal who can either lessen the charges and in some cases, decide not to progress the case at all.
Contact Our Drug Driving Solicitors in Glasgow, Scotland
We understand how worrying it can be to face a conviction for drug driving. With the prospect of such stringent penalties, you need a legal team with the expertise and commitment to fiercely protect your rights and your position. When you contact us we will act efficiently to build a strong defence case on your behalf.
Keith J Tuck Solicitors are highly experienced in the criminal law field and are well accustomed to dealing with highly complex cases and handling large amounts of evidence. We offer our services to both privately funded and Legal Aid clients. We understand you may need our advice outside normal office hours, which is why we operate a 24-hour, 7 days a week service. We operate in Glasgow and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today on 0141 413 8076 or contact us via our online contact form.