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DRUG DRIVING SOLICITORS 

We have years of experience of successfully defending drug driving cases.

For free initial advice call 0800 999 5535

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Success Rate

Between Jan 2018 – Sept 2021 we reduced 98% of our clients potential sentence based on sentencing guidelines used by the Court

WE HAVE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE DEFENDING DRUG DRIVING CASES

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From Our Clients

 

I could not have found better specialist help anywhere

Having been in a distressing car accident I was unable to give a specimen of breath at the police station and was arrested and charged. I found Millar’s Solicitors after a search and their reviews really stood out, so I left a message. This was soon answered and a free telephone consultation w...
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Lynne Barbara

Jun 26, 2022

I could not have found better specialist help anywhere

Having been in a distressing car accident I was unable to give a specimen of breath at the police station and was arrested and charged. I found Millar’s Solicitors after a search and their reviews really stood out, so I left a message. This was soon answered and a free telephone consultation was scheduled. I have to say that I was frightened and nervous but felt so much better after speaking with Paul and Carl as their professional, friendly and thorough manner instantly reassured me, it was such a weight off!
Millar’s are specialists in motoring defence and highly experienced and ethical. To say that they were caring is an understatement, all was explained clearly and I felt in safe hands from day one.
Fees were fixed and agreed at the start, and they honestly couldnt do enough to secure the best outcome for me, so it was money well spent.
I was eventually acquitted thanks to the wonderful service provided by Millar’s. If you need advice and help dealing with a motoring prosecution I highly recommend that you speak to them first.

Lynne Barbara

Jun 26, 2022

Great help, professional support

It was really hard to cope with the situation which happened. Carl and his team worked very well, supporting us and provide all possible help.

Anonymous

Jun 26, 2022

Great help, professional support

It was really hard to cope with the situation which happened. Carl and his team worked very well, supporting us and provide all possible help.

Anonymous

Jun 26, 2022

Made case much easier deal with!!

In court for totting up, possible 6 month ban would have been devastating. communication from the lawyer was good and my solicitor paul turned up early at court and went through the court proceeedings with me before going in, this helped with nerves. Although solicitors are not cheap, the whole proc...
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Anonymous

Jun 12, 2022

Made case much easier deal with!!

In court for totting up, possible 6 month ban would have been devastating.
communication from the lawyer was good and my solicitor paul
turned up early at court and went through the court proceeedings with me before going in, this helped with nerves.
Although solicitors are not cheap, the whole procedure was made a lot easier with one and helped me get my circumstances across, i am sure i may have crumbled or missed many points without there help so i viewed the expense as an investment in my having a successful outcome..
I came away with a 2 week ban and a reasonable fine of £431..very pleased they were there to help!!

Anonymous

Jun 12, 2022

Drink Driving Charge

I found Millars Solicitors online, after having a drink driving crash. It was a very stressful time for myself as I have never been charged with anything before. However, as soon as I found Millars Solicitors and gave Carl a call, he answered straight away and was very calming and professional with...
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Anonymous

Jun 12, 2022

Drink Driving Charge

I found Millars Solicitors online, after having a drink driving crash. It was a very stressful time for myself as I have never been charged with anything before. However, as soon as I found Millars Solicitors and gave Carl a call, he answered straight away and was very calming and professional with me. I explained what had happened, and he walked me through the sentencing guidelines and what I needed to do to approach this matter.

Both Carl and Jenny, who dealt with me, were extremely friendly, professional and efficient with their communication and handling of the matter. There was quick replies for everything, and I felt like they were fighting my corner and looking for the best possible outcome for myself.

Millars Solicitors and my barrister, Mr Price, managed to secure an outcome that I was satisfied with, considering the circumstances, and I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again or recommend them to someone who finds themselves in the same circumstances I was in.

Anonymous

Jun 12, 2022

Amazing result

I was looking at a ban of 17-22 month for a drink driving offence. Carl Millar and the barrister that he appointed for me managed to get my ban period down to 14 month with a drink driving awareness course and a £701 fine which should have been a lot more. Carl advised me on mitigation from my ex pa...
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Anonymous

Jun 12, 2022

Amazing result

I was looking at a ban of 17-22 month for a drink driving offence. Carl Millar and the barrister that he appointed for me managed to get my ban period down to 14 month with a drink driving awareness course and a £701 fine which should have been a lot more.
Carl advised me on mitigation from my ex partner and employer and looked after me every step of the way.
I can highly recommend his services to anyone unfortunate enough to end up in the position that I was in.
Amazing result.

Anonymous

Jun 12, 2022

Extremely helpful!

Couldn’t be happier with the service I supplied, they only had a week before my court date was due and they smashed it. was looking at a 6 month ban and thanks to these guy got 10 weeks! Thanks again.

Anonymous

Jun 12, 2022

Extremely helpful!

Couldn’t be happier with the service I supplied, they only had a week before my court date was due and they smashed it. was looking at a 6 month ban and thanks to these guy got 10 weeks! Thanks again.

Anonymous

Jun 12, 2022

Fantastic representation

After getting caught speeding at 130mph by an undercover police officer I was almost certain that I would lose my job due to being on shift work and living an hour away from my workplace. However, after enlisting the help of Carl Millar what looked to be a ban of at least a few months was reduced to...
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Anonymous

Jun 12, 2022

Fantastic representation

After getting caught speeding at 130mph by an undercover police officer I was almost certain that I would lose my job due to being on shift work and living an hour away from my workplace. However, after enlisting the help of Carl Millar what looked to be a ban of at least a few months was reduced to 28 days and a £420 fine. This outcome allowed me to keep my job and career intact. His expertise is second to none and would recommend him to absolutely everyone who has found themselves to be in a motoring-related predicament. Without a doubt worth every penny. I am very much at ease knowing that when I am caught speeding again I know I will have Carl Millar on my side.

Anonymous

Jun 12, 2022

Speeding offence – exceptional hardship success

My experience working with Millars Solicitors and their Barrister, Mr Staunton, has been extremely positive and I would highly recommend their services for anyone else facing similar charges or requiring criminal charge representation. From the point of engagement, I have been supported and kept sui...
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Anonymous

Jun 12, 2022

Speeding offence – exceptional hardship success

My experience working with Millars Solicitors and their Barrister, Mr Staunton, has been extremely positive and I would highly recommend their services for anyone else facing similar charges or requiring criminal charge representation. From the point of engagement, I have been supported and kept suitably informed of what to expect at each stage of the process. During the court hearing, Mr Staunton portrayed a highly convincing defence and was commended by the opposition during the court recess. Thankfully, my hearing was successfully which I will be eternaly grateful for.

Anonymous

Jun 12, 2022

Millars Solicitors were highly efficient and professional and very easy to speak with

They seemed to take on board and empathise with every detail of my situation, allowing them to provide excellent and honest advice and assistance, achieving the absolute best outcome that I could have in my circumstances. I hope I never need to seek their advice and support again but should that sit...
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Dan

Jun 12, 2022

Millars Solicitors were highly efficient and professional and very easy to speak with

They seemed to take on board and empathise with every detail of my situation, allowing them to provide excellent and honest advice and assistance, achieving the absolute best outcome that I could have in my circumstances. I hope I never need to seek their advice and support again but should that situation ever arrive, I would approach them again and I would highly recommend their service to anyone.

Dan

Jun 12, 2022

Drink Driving

Millars solicitors best I’ve ever been with I was looking at a two year ban for drink driving, they kept me calm and they was very professional highly recommend this company to anyone

Danny B

Feb 20, 2022

Drink Driving

Millars solicitors best I’ve ever been with I was looking at a two year ban for drink driving, they kept me calm and they was very professional highly recommend this company to anyone

Danny B

Feb 20, 2022

Our specialist team of drug drive solicitors have years of experience defending drug driving cases.  Call our team today for free initial advice on 0800 999 5535 or submit your case and we will call you back.

In March 2015, the Government introduced a new offence of drug driving to work alongside the offence of drink driving. The premise behind the new offence was to specify driving limits for both specified illegal drugs as well as prescription medication. 

Instead of a breathalyser, the suspected motorist would have to undergo a swab type test to determine whether they had used the drugs. This initial swab test is to detect for cannabis and cocaine. In the event that the driver failed the swab test, they are then then taken into custody for a blood test.

In creating this drug driving offence, the Home Office stated that a zero limit for illegal drugs would penalise those people who innocently came into contact with drugs, such as inhaling cannabis smoke unknowingly in a public area, or for having small traces of the drug in their system long after the drug is used.

Ask Carl

Have you got a question on motoring law you want the answer to?  Carl and our specialist team are here to answer your questions.

Drug Driving Defence Calculator

Try our drug drive calculator to get an idea of your best type of defence. Submit your details and we will be in touch.

Defending drug driving case

An allegation of a ‘unfit’ through the use of drugs can be brought if the police have reason to believe you are driving a motor vehicle whilst under the influence of drugs.

Not all drug driving cases involve illegal drugs, in fact, a vast amount will include people on prescription drugs.

For the Crown to be able to secure a conviction it must prove

  • That a person was unfit to drive; through drugs
  • His/her driving was impaired
  • That the person was driving
  • The proportion of a specified drug measured in that person’s blood was found to be over the prescribed legal limit.

The Drug Driving (specified limits) (England and Wales) Regulations 2014 [Statutory Instrument 2868 of 2014] (below) shows the limits for 17 ‘controlled’ drugs, eight of which are widely used for medicinal purposes.

Controlled drugLimit (microgrammes) per litre of blood
Benzoylecgonine50
Clonazepam50
Cocaine10
Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (cannabis) 2
Diazepam550
Flunitrazepam300
Ketamine20
Lorazepam100
Lysergic Acid Diethylamide1
Methadone500
Methylamphetamine10
Methylenedioxymethamphetamine10
6-Monoacetylmorphine5
Morphine80
Oxazepam300
Temazepam1000
Amphetamine250

FAQs

Should I drive to Court?

This depends on your plea: Yes, if you are pleading not guiltyNo, if you are to be sentenced for an offence that carries a mandatory disqualification.

Our advice is that anyone who faces the possibility of a period of disqualification, no matter how small, should not drive to Court.

 

The Police Officer said that if I instruct a Solicitor I can avoid a disqualification, is this true?

This can be true in a lot of cases, however, if it is your intention to plead guilty to an offence that carries a mandatory period of disqualification, then the Magistrates have no discretion not to impose a period of disqualification.

 

I really need my car for my job, will the Court let me keep my licence?

If you are facing a disqualification for accumulating 12 penalty points or more (‘totting up’) or facing a sentence that carries a discretionary disqualification, then it is possible to persuade the Magistrates not to disqualify you. However, if you are to be sentenced for an offence that carries a mandatory disqualification, like driving with excess alcohol for example, then these types of offences carry a mandatory disqualification and the Magistrates have no discretion. In those circumstances you will only avoid a ban if your case is successfully defended after a not guilty plea.

 

Do you cover cases on Legal Aid?

No. All our cases are on a private paying fixed fee basis. We will tell you what your exact fees will be before you engage us. We cover Courts throughout England and Wales. Only general Criminal Defence Solicitors (not road traffic specialists) based in an area close to where your Court case is, will have a Legal Aid Contract. You may not be eligible for Legal Aid in any event. The two tests for whether you are eligible for Legal Aid are

  1. Whether you are financially eligible
  2. Whether it is in the interest of Justice for you to receive Legal Aid for the offence that you are due to appear before the Court for. For almost all road traffic matters you will not be eligible for Legal Aid as for a lot of cases the Sentence is a financial penalty and either penalty points or a disqualification.
Will I have to say anything in Court?

Once we are instructed by you, we will advise you of the precise Court procedure. If you are pleading guilty to an offence, then you will only have to confirm your name and enter your plea. We will present the mitigation on your behalf.

If you are pleading not guilty, you may have to give evidence at your Trial, but you will be guided by Millars Solicitors.

 

What are my chances, can you give me a percentage?

We would not give a client their chance of success in a percentage. We would not give a client their chance of success in a percentage, as this is not realistic. We provide all clients with a comprehensive assessment of their case and we are instructed on the basis that the client has been advised of their chances of success.

 

Will the Police or witnesses be in Court?

If you are pleading guilty or if it is your first hearing and you are pleaded not guilty then the witnesses will not be in Court.

If your matter is listed for a Trial, then the witnesses will be in Court as the Court will want to hear what the witnesses have to say.

 

Types of defence

Police Station Procedure

If you have failed your FIT Test you will be taken to a police station where you will be asked to provide a blood or urine test.  You should be provided with a sample for you to take home to be tested.  We suggest you get this tested as quickly as possible. We will recommend a firm of forensic scientist for you.  Please get in touch.

Due to the complexity and technicality of police procedure, errors are often made.  We are experts at finding fault within the procedural process.  We will look to establish that vital elements of police procedure were overlooked and therefore the evidence that was gathered cannot be relied upon.

If however you fail to give a sample this will be seen as failing to provide.  Unless you have a reasonable excuse for doing so such as a fear of needles or breathing chest issues, you could face conviction.

Blood Test Results

After you have had the test, what happens to your sample, is just as important as the process before the sample was taken. We will examine exactly what happened to your test after you left the station.  If during the course of the investigation in to what happened to your sample it can’t be proved that they followed the strict rules and processes we will call into question the legitimacy of this sample.

Legal or Illegal Drugs

The law around drug driving includes both legal and illegal drugs.  This is a very serious offence, sentencing begins at a disqualification for 12 months from driving and a fine up to £5,000.  In the most serious cases a driver convicted of drug driving can expect a prison sentence.

Other Factors

  1. Evidence of driving;
  2. Roadside arrest process;
  3. Informing and provision of your rights and entitlements when taken to the police station;
  4. Blood ‘procedure’ process carried out by a police officer at the police station;
  5. The process of taking a specimen of blood from you by a healthcare professional and your involvement in that;
  6. How the blood specimen is treated after it has been provided; and
  7. What happens to that specimen after you leave the police station.

 From Our Clients

 

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Got the best possible outcome!

I couldn’t be more thankful for the service I received from yourself! Got the best possible outcome! Many thanks to Carl for all the help and support! I would definitely recommend to friends and family

Liam

Care assistant
Suffolk
Nov 30, 2020

Provided a great efficient service, advice and moved mountains to obtain the best outcome.

Carl/Millar Solicitors were amazing start to finish. Provided a great efficient service, advice and moved mountains to obtain the best outcome.

I would highly recommend to anyone dealing with a similar nature/matter to go through Carl and solicitors. A* from me. Money well spent.

Thanks again.

TJ

Data Analyst
Lincolnshire, Grantham
Jul 1, 2020

Lightest possible sentence – very happy!

Very happy with the result. Achieved the lightest possible sentencing with the help of Millars Solicitors. Would definitely recommend them to anyone in a similar situation to what I was in.

ANON

Freelance Graphic Designer
Bristol
Mar 1, 2021

Most Professional Representation

Whilst the circumstances relating to my son’s case were unusual & deserved some leniency, the barrister’s most professional representation achieved a result that we did not believe was possible.

ANON

Wiltshire
Mar 31, 2021

“The advice received was knowledgeable, frank and honest”

The advice received was knowledgeable, frank and honest. There were no false hopes as to the potential outcome. All the options and court room procedure were clearly explained. our family had never attended court before, so the prospect was daunting. It would have been infinitely more stressful for James and us to attend Court and make representation on our own.

J.F

Student
Jul 19, 2017

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About Keep my Driving Licence

Keep my Driving Licence is part of Millars Solicitors who are a specialist firm of road traffic and drink driving solicitors who represent motorists all over the country.

Formed by Carl Millar, Millars Solicitors has adopted his dogged tenacity and exacting technical understanding of motoring law. Before starting Millars Solicitors, Carl has been employed as the Head of Department at some of the most high profile Motoring Law Firms in the country. He is a member of the Society of Motoring Lawyers and has an enviable nationwide reputation for the results he gets for his clients.

Through representing a wide range of people you will find Carl and his team very approachable and never judgemental. Their advice is straightforward and will leave no stone unturned in pursuing all available defences in presenting your case.

If you have been caught drink driving you can contact Carl today on 0800 999 5535 or you can send a confidential email by clicking here. If you need to speak to a drink driving solicitor out of office hours than please call the 24 hour emergency line on 07855 806 119.

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