Drug Driving charges are taken very seriously by NSW Courts. If tested positive for drugs whilst driving, a number of different factors are taken into consideration, including what type of drug is in your system, whether you are affected by the drug at the time of driving, your compliance with drug testing procedures, whether you have been involved in an accident and of course your prior driving history. Drug offence lawyers Sydney can help you with your charge and case.
There are a large range of drug driving related charges that can be applied by police, however, the six main drug driving offences that you can be charged with under New South Wales state laws are:
1. Presence of certain drugs (other than alcohol) in oral fluid, blood or urine;
2. The offence of driving under the influence of drugs;
3. Refusal or failure to undergo a drug test;
4. Wilfully altering the amount of drug before submitting an oral fluid test;
5. Failure to provide blood or urine sample by driver or supervisor involved in a fatal accident;
6. Failure to provide a blood or urine sample or alter the result of the drug in blood prior to testing.
Types of Prohibited Drugs
A number of different types of drugs are strictly prohibited from being found in a person’s blood, saliva or urine, the main substances include:
- THC (Delta-9- tetrahydrocannabinol) – better known as cannabis or marijuana.
- Methamphetamine – better known as speed or ice.
- Methylenedioxymethylamphetamine – better known as MDMA or ecstasy.
Note that explicitly THC, ice, and amphetamine are currently testable in random roadside drug tests, with cocaine to be testable very shortly also.
NSW Police are out there on our roads setting up random drug testing every day of the week, submitting oral fluid tests for drugs. Caution should be taken by drug users and/or experimenters since the presence of different types of drugs can often be found in a person’s saliva, blood or urine many hours and sometimes days after consuming the drug. Cannabis is possibly one of the most widely used illegal drugs yet it is one of the longest lasting drugs which can be found present in one’s body after many days if not weeks after consumption. For this reason, people need to be aware of the various substances that they may consume may very well be present in their system long after the effects of the drug has worn off. If you are unsure of any offences, get in contact with drug offence lawyers Sydney at Drink Driving Defence.
If you have been charged with any of the above drug driving charges then we strongly advise you to contact our office today to get experienced and qualified drug offence lawyers Sydney on your case.