Drug Driving Defence Solicitors - Manchester

Driving under the influence of drugs is a criminal offence that can have serious consequences. No matter whether the drug is legal or illegal, if it affects your ability to drive then you are committing a crime. Our solicitors are here to offer expert legal advice if you have been accused of drug driving.

If you are caught driving with an illegal amount of drugs in your system, you could face losing your driving licence, a fine and up to six months in prison. For that reason, it is imperative that you seek legal help from solicitors who specialise in motoring law.

At Draycott Browne, our team of legal experts has successfully defended drug driving cases since 1998. Our extensive knowledge in this area will provide you with peace of mind that you have the best possible legal help on your side. Get in touch with our motoring law team today on +44 (0)161 228 2244, or complete our online contact form.

What are the legal limits for drug driving?

As of 2nd March 2015, new drug driving laws came into effect in England. These new laws state the threshold limit in the blood for eight legal and eight illegal drugs:

Illegal Drugs Limit in blood
benzoylecgonine 50µg/L
cocaine 10µg/L
cannabis 2µg/L
ketamine 20µg/L
lysergic acid diethylamide 1µg/L
methylamphetamine 10µg/L
MDMA 10µg/L
heroin 5µg/L
Legal/Prescription Drugs Limit in blood
clonazepam 50µg/L
diazepam 550µg/L
flunitrazepam 300µg/L
lorazepam 100µg/L
methadone 500µg/L
morphine 80µg/L
oxazepam 300µg/L
temazepam 1,000µg/L

If you are found driving whilst over the legal limits outlined above, you will be taken into custody.

What are the penalties for drug driving?

If you are found guilty of driving with an illegal amount of drugs in your system, the courts are authorised to enforce the following penalties:

  • A mandatory driving disqualification for at at least 12 months
  • A fine of up to £5,000
  • A maximum six months' imprisonment, leaving you with a criminal record

You may suffer additional consequences after you have been convicted of drug driving, including:

  • Difficulties travelling to other countries
  • An increase on your car insurance
  • A record of your conviction appearing on your driving licence for 11 years


If you have been accused of drug driving, you should seek our help as soon as possible. Our solicitors are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ready to assist you at the police station at any time. We offer our services within Manchester and throughout the North West. For access to world-class legal services, call Draycott Browne today on +44 (0)161 228 2244.

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