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Drug Driving

There are strict drug driving laws regarding the use of over-the-counter, prescribed and illegal drugs. It is illegal to drive with any drug in your system if it damages your ability to drive safely, just as it is illegal to drive while over the specified limits of certain illegal drugs (these limits are low, but exist to allow for the possibility of small quantities accidentally entering your bloodstream, such as by passive smoking).

New powers allow the police to test drivers for cannabis and cocaine at the roadside, while other illegal substances, such as ecstasy, LSD and heroin, can be laboratory tested. Also, the police may conduct a roadside field impairment test, which includes checking for pupil dilation and asking drivers perform certain tasks, such as walking in a straight line or standing on one leg. As an example of the police’s push to catch drivers, Cheshire drug driving arrests rose by 800% between 2015 and 2016.

If you are in Manchester, Cheshire, Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster, Barnsley, Leeds, Bradford or Huddersfield and are fearful of a drug driving conviction, our driving offence solicitors have a 95% success rate in overturning or reducing driving bans.

If you don’t seek professional assistance, the consequences can be severe. Without any expert legal help, a drug driving conviction will normally bring a 1-year ban, an unlimited fine and a sentence of up to 6 months.

Parnell and Peel Solicitors offer professional, experienced legal guidance throughout West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Manchester and Cheshire.

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  • I was charged with drink driving and my case looked hopeless. There was witness evidence and forensic evidence. From my first meeting with Abdul he reassured me that we could win the case. Abdul was fantastic and the end result is that I am a happy man as I have kept my driving licence and my job.  Scott McDonald.

  • I was initially somewhat sceptical about keeping my licence, I was stopped for Drink Driving and the costs were high, but the result was excellent, and the money was certainly well spent. I would not hesitate to use DFR again. Michael A.

  • I had never been in court previously, and the prospect was terrifying. I was stopped for Drink Driving, and was looking at a significant disqualification. The result in the circumstances was unbelievable, the solicitor was excellent in presenting my case and explaining the extenuating circumstances. I was overjoyed with the final result.

  • From the outset Abdul reassured me, talked me through everything and put my mind at ease that I was in the best possible hands at a time of stress and panic. The process from our initial meeting was seamless and Abdul put plans in place for me to receive the best possible outcome in court with some ground work from myself. I honestly can't thank Abdul enough for his services, although he was there in a professional manner he also showed great understanding of my situation and helped me through a difficult time.

    Carl Sykes 
  • My husband had been charged with Drink driving case, Abdul Ali was amazing throughout. Every step of the way he was very professional. He kept in contact with us and was very consistent. He got us the result we were after. Can’t thank Abdul enough for his expertise.

  • Abdul, can’t thank you enough for all that you have done for me. You certainly are a Drink Driving Specialist. You have saved my world. Words can’t describe what you have done for me. Jake Crank;

  • As a professional driver being off the road was not an option for me, Abdul’s experience & professionalism on the day resulted in the best possible outcome for me & would certainly recommend DFR Solicitors for all motoring offences Andy Cole