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Drug Driving Solicitors – Drug Driving Defences

There are limited grounds for medical drug driving defences used by drug driving solicitors if a motorist is caught driving with these substances in their system if their driving was severely impaired. However, there is a medical defence available for people taking controlled drugs for medical reasons if their driving was not impaired. A medical defence for drug driving can be used as long as:

  • The drugs were prescribed, supplied, or sold to treat a valid medical or dental problem and…
  • The drug was taken correctly following directions of a medical professional or in accordance with the information from the drugs manufacturer.

So if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of needing a specialist drug driving defence, call us now on 0161 839 5117 from the North for our Manchester office, otherwise, call 0207 903 5144 from the South for our London office and speak to one of our Expert Drug Driving Solicitors.

Spiked Drug Driving Defence

It may be possible to mount a defence for a drug driving charge if you took controlled drugs without your knowledge by being spiked or laced. In order to take this line of defence a defendant would need to prove:

  • That they would have been fit to drive and below any drink or drug drive limit if they had not been spiked or laced.
  • They had no knowledge that they were spiked or believed their ability to drive was impaired.

It will be decided by a court if the defendant is to receive any penalty for an offence if they take the spiked defence.


It is possible for a defendant to resist a drug drive charge by claiming emergency circumstances. Their ability to do so would depend on:

  • The circumstances of the emergency
  • Whether there were alternative transport options
  • The distance that was driven

If you have been charged with a drug driving offence under any circumstances and would like to discuss your defence options contact us and one of our expert motoring solicitors for the best legal advice and guidance. Don’t just believe us, view government advice here.

Medical Defence

There are a number of controlled drugs which are used in medicine and which if taken could impair driving ability such as:

Cannabis (THC)

For more information on Drug Driving Solicitors or regarding anything that you may have seen here today, please don’t hesitate to contact us by following the previous link or by using the ‘request a callback’ form at the top of the page.

We are also on the forums and forums if you require some more information on drug driving solicitors, but nearly all the information should already be on here.

Alternatively, feel free to give us a call on the numbers below.

For Manchester and the North call us on 0161 839 5117

For London and the South call us on 0207 903 5144