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OUR DRUG DRIVING TESTIMONIALS

Email from a client whose case was concluded in July 2018: Hi Tara Boyle, I would like to answer the three questions posed in your email with a score of 5 to all. I have found everyone I have dealt with within your company to being very efficient, polite and... Read More

Email from a client whose case was concluded in July 2018:

Hi Tara Boyle,

I would like to answer the three questions posed in your email with a score of 5 to all. I have found everyone I have dealt with within your company to being very efficient, polite and very helpful.

With regards to dealing with Ellie Taylor I have found her to be very professional and help full what has impressed me most is her patience and ability to explain everything to me whether it be in an email or a conversation on the phone in the language I can understand as I have no idea of legal jargon. So to answer you I am very pleased I found your company via internet and very happy Ellie was dealing with my case.

Lastly I would like to thank you all for getting me the result I needed and again can you share my gratitude to the powers that be about Ellie and the great work she has done for me.

Kind regards

Vincent Waddington

Vincent Waddington
Drug Driving
Ban Avoided
Staines

At the end of December 2017, I was charged with drug driving being 3 times over the limit for cannabis. I thought that was it, there was nothing I could do to fix this. But after speaking with Geoffrey Miller solicitors I ended up deciding that I will let them... Read More

At the end of December 2017, I was charged with drug driving being 3 times over the limit for cannabis. I thought that was it, there was nothing I could do to fix this. But after speaking with Geoffrey Miller solicitors I ended up deciding that I will let them deal with my case as I strongly felt that my case handler Austin took his time to understand my case, understand my background, what consequences this would have on my future as I’m still young and need to finish university. I felt highly confident with letting Austin deal with my case, he would always keep me updated of any key dates there are, any letters or emails that have been received and just overall talking me through what options I had, whether we’re in a strong position or not, what points are being focused on my behalf and what to be expecting in court. All of this kept me even more reassured as I was confident that I had someone with an high amount of skills and knowledge in this field dealing with my case. This was my first ever time in court so I was really nervous, I didn’t know what to expect but Austin always made sure that he listened to everything I had to say, any questions I wanted to ask, that’s what kept me reassured the most.

At the day of my trial Geoffrey Miller Solicitors had sent a very professional advocate (counsel) to deal with my case. He briefed me through what procedures are going to be placed, what points his main focus is on, what to say, what not to say and what to expect from the judges. At trial, in the courtroom it only took my advocate around 20 minutes to get the judges to drop the case and get me acquitted which was literally the best outcome anyone would want if you’re ever in this position.

Overall I would like to thank Geoffrey Miller Solicitors so much for getting my life back on track and being with me through that dark stage, I always had every opportunity to ask for clarifications on anything that wasn’t understood. The whole process ran through very smoothly and just the way my case handler Austin described it would be. The team provided the best service you could get for the price you’re paying and I would HIGHLY recommend anyone in a similar situation to me to not hesitate or even think twice about having Geoffrey Miller Solicitors backing you up in court. They are the best at what they do and they produce the best expected results at the end of it all.

Mr H Singh
Drug Driving
Acquitted
London

I cannot rate the service provided by Geoffrey Miller highly enough, I was initially cautious about committing to what I considered significant costs, but in reality, I now appreciate the services purchased to be possibly the best value for money spend item I have made in many many years. My... Read More

I cannot rate the service provided by Geoffrey Miller highly enough, I was initially cautious about committing to what I considered significant costs, but in reality, I now appreciate the services purchased to be possibly the best value for money spend item I have made in many many years.

My life and career have, quite literally, been saved by this solicitors’ group. They are highly professional, extremely thorough, communicate excellently and provide great support and reassurance at court appearances. I would not hesitate to use them again in the future.
I am confident that, in their field, they are the very best in the country. If you are in need of defence for a driving related charge, you will be doing yourself a huge disservice not to ask for their advice.

Thank you once again Geoffrey Miller Solicitors. I am forever indebted to you!

Anonymous 44
Drug Driving
Case Dropped
West Midlands

All the staff at Geoffrey Miller solicitors are kind, courteous and are top of their game and are definitely worth the money for the service they give you. Although parting with so much money at the beginning was scary and I had my reservations I was soon put at ease... Read More

All the staff at Geoffrey Miller solicitors are kind, courteous and are top of their game and are definitely worth the money for the service they give you. Although parting with so much money at the beginning was scary and I had my reservations I was soon put at ease with the Geoffrey Miller team, they got the result they said they would and I would definitely use their services again if the need arises.

I cannot thank you enough for the result you got me, you gave me my life back… you’re the best!

Mr A Grindrod
Drug Driving
Acquitted
Manchester

Geoffrey Miller provided an excellent service, under what were extremely stressful circumstances. The advice and help from Tara Boyle was clear and concise with no pressure added to make a decision to appoint. She was able to provide comparisons to other cases like ours, key statistics and even offered the... Read More

Geoffrey Miller provided an excellent service, under what were extremely stressful circumstances. The advice and help from Tara Boyle was clear and concise with no pressure added to make a decision to appoint. She was able to provide comparisons to other cases like ours, key statistics and even offered the opportunity to speak with someone who had been in our situation, all which helped us decide to appoint. Tara kept us up to date with how the case was progressing and was always quick to respond to any questions we had. I can’t recommend Geoffrey Miller highly enough if you need someone to represent you, they did a fabulous job keeping us calm and achieving a positive outcome for us.

Anonymous 42
Drug Driving
Case Discontinued Before Trial
Surrey

In May 2017 I got arrested for drug driving after providing a positive drug swab at the side of the road for cannabis. I really didn’t think at the time that I would be over the limit as I really hadn’t consumed much of it . When I was arrested... Read More

In May 2017 I got arrested for drug driving after providing a positive drug swab at the side of the road for cannabis. I really didn’t think at the time that I would be over the limit as I really hadn’t consumed much of it . When I was arrested I was taken to the local police station where a blood sample was taken and then had the long wait of 4 weeks for the results to come back. This was definitely the worst time of my life, lots of things were going through my head e.g. that if i was convicted i would lose my job, that I would never be able to travel to certain countries again. I honestly thought at the age of 19 and previously never been in any sort of trouble before my life was over.

When I plucked up the courage to tell my family the next day they did a lot of research to find the best solicitors they could, the testimonials we read on Geoffrey Miller’s website along with their success rate convinced us that these were the solicitors to use. My mother phoned them to find out more info and we instructed them to represent myself. I was also appointed my own caseworker named Sarah who i was told I could contact at anytime with any query I may have.

Eventually after waiting for what seemed like forever I received the results of my blood test. I was devastated to find out that as well as being over the limit for cannabis I was also over the legal drive limit for cocaine. I was convinced at this point nobody could get me off with this.
I phoned my case worker Sarah straight away and she talked me through everything that would happen from here. She was very thorough and extremely helpful.

On the trial day we met with my barrister who works for Geoffrey Miller (when I googled him I was shocked to learn that he was one of the top barristers in the U.K.). Within 45 minutes of the case starting my barrister had the case thrown out of court. I was ecstatic, everything that Sarah told me may happen, did happen!

I can’t thank Geoffrey Miller solicitors enough. I feel like I’ve got my life back. I would 100% recommend this firm and for me it was money well spent.

Thanks again!!

Mr C
Drug Driving
Case Thrown Out
South Wales

“I was arrested for Drug Driving (Cannabis). I contacted Geoffrey Miller Solicitors and they assured me that everything was going to be ok and my case would be handled by Sharif. I have just had my case discontinued and couldn’t be happier. I would recommend Geoffrey Miller to anyone facing... Read More

“I was arrested for Drug Driving (Cannabis). I contacted Geoffrey Miller Solicitors and they assured me that everything was going to be ok and my case would be handled by Sharif. I have just had my case discontinued and couldn’t be happier. I would recommend Geoffrey Miller to anyone facing the same charge. They are an investment but value for money if you are looking at a lengthy ban.

Mr RPM
Drug Driving
Case Discontinued
Cheshire

Following my arrest for drug driving I was very shaken up to the consequences that I could possibly incur. After a lot of in depth research I contacted Geoffrey Miller. Tara Boyle dedicated various hours of her time to comfort me through the numerous options available to me. Tara Boyle... Read More

Following my arrest for drug driving I was very shaken up to the consequences that I could possibly incur. After a lot of in depth research I contacted Geoffrey Miller. Tara Boyle dedicated various hours of her time to comfort me through the numerous options available to me.

Tara Boyle then continued to handled my case, she was always easily accessible to answer any questions I had whether it be through email or phone call. After receiving notice that I had to attend court, Tara Boyle and the Geoffrey Miller team were always on hand to help me through each stage. Through great communication I was able to follow great instruction from the beginning. Following my initial court appearance I had two more court appearances, where on the third it was announced that I was acquitted of my charges and the case was dropped.

I now really feel like I have my life back, We cannot thank the team at Geoffrey Miller enough!

Anonymous 33
Drug Driving
Acquitted
London

Following our son’s arrest for drug driving we contacted Geoffrey Miller. Jeanette Miller spent over an hour on the phone with us to discuss options and the possible approaches. Tara Boyle then handled our case, she developed an excellent rapport with our son and was always on hand to answer... Read More

Following our son’s arrest for drug driving we contacted Geoffrey Miller. Jeanette Miller spent over an hour on the phone with us to discuss options and the possible approaches. Tara Boyle then handled our case, she developed an excellent rapport with our son and was always on hand to answer any questions. We had amazing representation in court and our son was acquitted. He now has his life back and the opportunity to continue his recovery. We cannot thank the team at Geoffrey Miller enough.

Mr G
Drug Driving
Acquitted
Surrey

Almost 2 years after being charged with drink/drug driving I’ve finally stood trial and have been acquitted! A driving ban would of set me back massively and I still can’t quite believe I’ve avoided it! Many thanks to my caseworker John and my barrister on the day of trial, who... Read More

Almost 2 years after being charged with drink/drug driving I’ve finally stood trial and have been acquitted! A driving ban would of set me back massively and I still can’t quite believe I’ve avoided it! Many thanks to my caseworker John and my barrister on the day of trial, who handled everything brilliantly.

Mr B
Drink Driving, Drug Driving
Not Guilty
Cheshire
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Drug Driving Penalty

We all feel a bit under the weather from time to time but it is quite possible that your valiant efforts to drive to work when “drugged up” on certain legal drugs or medicines could lead to you being prosecuted and convicted with a criminal record!  It is also clearly an offence to be under the influence of any illegal drugs so that you are driving whilst unfit to do so.

An allegation of driving whilst unfit under the influence of drugs can be brought if the Police have reason to believe that you were driving a motor vehicle on a road or in a public place after consuming drugs. That includes drugs that are legal as well as those that are illegal!

The new drug driving law came into force on 2nd March 2015 and there is now a number of drug driving limits introduced by the new laws. However, the old law will still stand whereby it will continue to be an offence to be unfit due to drugs. The test is first of all whether the substance is a ‘drug’. In the case of Armstrong v Clark it was held that a substance used as a medicine is a drug, something to cure, alleviate or assist an ailing body. Therefore, this substance will be classed as a drug. However, the quantity will affect each person differently.

To secure a conviction, the Crown must prove:

  • That a person was unfit to drive;
  • Through drugs; and
  • His driving was impaired

Drug Driving at the Roadside

The official figures for the number of drug driving offences in the UK are relatively low because there are no easy ways to test for drug impairment which must be proved in addition to the presence of drugs.

At the roadside the Police must administer a Field Impairment Test where they test for impairment by observing you whilst you carry out a serious of five tests:

  • The Pupil Measure Test: testing the size of your pupils
  • The Romberg test: testing balance and judgement
  • The Walk and Turn test
  • The One Leg Stand test, and
  • The Finger to Nose test

These difficulties are set to be reduced with the introduction of a drugalyser device at the roadside, testing the motorist’s saliva for the presence of drugs. Drugalysers are now used since the new laws came into force on the 2nd March 2015.

Drug Driving Test at the Police Station

If you fail the roadside test, you will be asked to consent to giving a biological sample usually a blood sample, although could be urine, at the police station and for this to be tested for the presence of drugs. The Police should also offer a sample of blood for you to take away from the station. We recommend that you should arrange to have your sample tested as soon as possible.

Why should I consent to providing a blood sample?

If you do not consent to providing a blood sample you can be charged with another offence of failing to provide a specimen. Unless you have a reasonable excuse for failing to provide the sample such as a fear of needles, you could face conviction of this alternative offence.

Legal or Illegal Drugs?

This charge can be brought against anyone who has taken legal or illegal drugs and those drugs impaired their ability to control their vehicle. Over the counter or prescription drugs can often have side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness and impaired judgement which can affect your ability to drive a vehicle. We would assess exactly what you had consumed and how the side effects, if any, would have affected your driving ability.

S.11 of the Road Traffic  Act 1988 states that a drug includes any intoxicant other than alcohol. This is likely to mean any substance that affects the self control of the body.

In a leading case on this issue, Leetham v DPP, the Divisional Court upheld a conviction for driving whilst unfit under the influence of drugs. Their decision was based upon the defendant’s fast and erratic driving, his admitted consumption of cannabis, the presence of cannabis in his blood on subsequent analysis, the known effects of the drug and the evidence of the officers who stopped him that his eyes were red and glazed and that his speech was slow and slurred.

However, merely a trace of a drug will not amount to driving whilst unfit through drugs. A principle established in a very old case authority R v Hawkes (1931) 22 Cr App Rep 172 is that the police must also prove that the driver’s driving ability was impaired.

This is why the new legislation has been introduced. Under the new laws, the need to prove impairment will no longer be required. There are a number of drug driving limits for legal prescription drugs and a zero tolerance approach to illegal drugs. We have dedicated a separate drug driving offence website to the new and existing drug driving laws. Please feel free to browse the new site.

Fighting the drug driving allegation

The allegation of drug driving is an extremely serious one and could lead to a custodial sentence. Our specialist team of lawyers will review the strength of the prosecution’s case against you and advise you on the merits of your case. There are numerous strategies we can successfully apply to drug driving allegations and we would always recommend you speak to us before making any decisions about what to do next.

We are always more than happy to chat things through with potential clients Free of Charge. Call us now on Freephone 0800 1389 123 to speak to one of our specialist motoring offence solicitors. It is only once you decide to instruct us that payment will become necessary and we can often arrange installment plans to assist you. Many satisfied clients have thanked us for offering this free consultation service as it has prevented them from following inaccurate non-expert advice which could have led to them accepting a driving ban unnecessarily.

†Figures include successful appeals and exclude cases lost that are the subject of appeal as at 31 December 2017.

Not Sure What to Do About Your Drug Driving Offence?

Most people who get in touch with our team of motor offence expert solicitors are uncertain of their options. They are unaware of any legal defences that may be available and find it difficult to believe that it might be possible to defend the drink driving offence charge they face by using loopholes that apply to the rich and famous! We do represent celebrities but we also represent many hardworking motorists like Brian and we want to help you make the right choice about what you do next.

We are always more than happy to chat things through with potential clients Free of Charge. Call us now on Freephone 0800 1389 123 to speak to one of our specialist motoring offence solicitors. It is only once you decide to instruct us that payment will become necessary and we can often arrange installment plans to assist you. Many satisfied clients have thanked us for offering this free consultation service as it has prevented them from following inaccurate non-expert advice which could have led to them accepting a driving ban unnecessarily.

If you would like to spend more time browsing on the site before you get in touch, make sure you have a look at our specialist motor offence guidance features such as our drink driving ban calculator which will help you to determine the penalty you may face if convicted and our money saving calculator which helps to outline some of the hidden costs of accepting a conviction.

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