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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* From Jan 2018

*From 2018 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

Read About Our Court Victories

 

From Our Clients

 

“Couldn’t ask for a better result”

Couldn’t ask for a better result – and in the hands of Millars Solicitors!

Endris

London
Nov 28, 2019

“Couldn’t ask for a better result”

Couldn’t ask for a better result – and in the hands of Millars Solicitors!

Endris

London
Nov 28, 2019

“Best advice and always available when I had questions”

Following a summons for using my mobile phone whilst driving which put me in the totting up process, I contacted Millars Solicitors for advice and representation. Paul Turner was great throughout the whole process, giving me the best advice and always av…

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Will

Corporate Account Manager
South Wales
Nov 28, 2019

“Best advice and always available when I had questions”

Following a summons for using my mobile phone whilst driving which put me in the totting up process, I contacted Millars Solicitors for advice and representation. Paul Turner was great throughout the whole process, giving me the best advice and always available when I had questions. Paul prepared my case very well which allowed me to keep my licence and continue with my day to day life.

Will

Corporate Account Manager
South Wales
Nov 28, 2019

“I’m happy to say that I’m still working due to their help.”

Without the service, advice and professionalism of Carl at Millars solicitors, I’d now be dealing with the consequences of a 6 month driving ban.
I’m happy to say that I’m still working due to their help. Thank you!

Rob

Builder/joiner
Manchester
Nov 1, 2019

“I’m happy to say that I’m still working due to their help.”

Without the service, advice and professionalism of Carl at Millars solicitors, I’d now be dealing with the consequences of a 6 month driving ban.
I’m happy to say that I’m still working due to their help. Thank you!

Rob

Builder/joiner
Manchester
Nov 1, 2019

“I got the outcome I had hoped for and kept my licence”

Helped me feel more confident about my case and communicated really well – I got the outcome I had hoped for and kept my licence. A good service all round!

CB

Manager
Oct 22, 2019

“I got the outcome I had hoped for and kept my licence”

Helped me feel more confident about my case and communicated really well – I got the outcome I had hoped for and kept my licence. A good service all round!

CB

Manager
Oct 22, 2019

“I was hugely relieved that I was not given a driving disqualification today”

Despite the risk of totting up 12 points I was hugely relieved that I was not given a driving disqualification today. Thanks to Millars Solicitors for very prompt and effective legal support. I highly recommend them.

ANON

Water Engineer
Oct 16, 2019

“I was hugely relieved that I was not given a driving disqualification today”

Despite the risk of totting up 12 points I was hugely relieved that I was not given a driving disqualification today. Thanks to Millars Solicitors for very prompt and effective legal support. I highly recommend them.

ANON

Water Engineer
Oct 16, 2019

“Absoulte best outcome I could have hoped for”

The initial conversation I had with Carl really calmed my fears. He explained how these cases work and the potential outcomes. He was very attentive and understanding. I really had little expectation going into this as I had spoken with another solicitor and th…

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MH

Project Manager
Oct 7, 2019

“Absoulte best outcome I could have hoped for”

The initial conversation I had with Carl really calmed my fears. He explained how these cases work and the potential outcomes. He was very attentive and understanding. I really had little expectation going into this as I had spoken with another solicitor and they were very negative.

I found Carl to be positive and put a positive spin on this silly situation I had gotten myself into. They handled my case professionally and with care. If anyone I knew ever got into this situation, I would recommend Millars Solicitors. The result I got was the absolute best outcome I could have hoped for.

MH

Project Manager
Oct 7, 2019

“If I am honest, without their assistance I would have been looking at a worse outcome”

I engaged Millars for an up and coming case.

Paul, Carl and Keith are a great team – they were very honest and forthright on the expectations and outcomes that I should accept and basically put me in the correct frame of mind what to expect.

Paul was great on communica…

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JPC

Consultant
Oct 7, 2019

“If I am honest, without their assistance I would have been looking at a worse outcome”

I engaged Millars for an up and coming case.

Paul, Carl and Keith are a great team – they were very honest and forthright on the expectations and outcomes that I should accept and basically put me in the correct frame of mind what to expect.

Paul was great on communication and the reality of my situation and Keith Jones on the day – apart from being a very personable lawyer – did not let the court take any liberties in what they could and could not do.

Calls in to Millars were responded to quickly and if I am honest without their assistance I would have been looking at a worse outcome.

As I was told ‘A person that goes into court and represents himself has a fool of a client’ and that is why I would always and highly recommend Paul, Carl and Keith to anyone that finds themselves in a similar situation. I can’t thank them enough.

JPC

JPC

Consultant
Oct 7, 2019

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 interactive 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

 

“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

“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 806119.

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