If you are charged with drug driving in NSW, it is important to know your rights. Be sure to contact attorneys who know the relevant laws and how best to protect you.
Did you know that not only illegal drugs can cause a charge of drug driving in NSW? Other culprits may include some pain killers; medicines for blood pressure, nausea, allergies, inflammations and fungal infections; tranquillisers, sedatives and sleeping pills; some diet pills; and some cold and flu medicines.
Obviously, common sense teaches you not to drive while you are impaired. The laws in NSW agree, which is why it not legal to drive, teach driving or even attempt to drive while drugs are affecting you and, if they believe you might be impaired, the police will arrest you, take you to the hospital and test your urine and blood for drugs. These tests are routinely taken in automobile accidents where someone is hospitalized.
In addition, Being charged—and ultimately convicted—of a drug driving offence can lead to severe consequences including (i) demerit points, (ii) suspension or cancellation of your licence, (iii) fines and penalties and, of course, (iv) prison.
There are defences to these charges, however.
For example, depending on the jurisdiction, there may be a defence available for those using medicinal marijuana. The other most common defences to drug driving charges include: (i) the police cannot prove who the driver was, (ii) the vehicle was not being driven or being put into motion, (iii) the drug tests were not properly administered and (iv) the drug levels of the driver was not the same when the test was carried out from when the person was driving.
A skilled attorney will know how to best protect you.
In addition to the above, in any criminal charge, make sure the police “statement of facts” is accurate. If not, an application to the magistrate may lead to dismissal of any charges.
Also, if you can show a legitimate reason for your actions, and that without that reason you would not have committed the act, this may serve as a proper defence.
Indeed, in any criminal charge, you should consult an experienced attorney to assist you to protect the rights of yourself and others. If you are charged with drug driving in NSW, it is important to know your rights. Be sure to contact attorneys who know the relevant laws and how best to protect you.