Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs carries a mandatory ban for a minimum period of 12 Months.
Police can stop a driver at any time and conduct a breathalyzer test, if under influence of alcohol If this fails or the driver fails to comply, the driver will be arrested under suspicion of drink and driving and be taken to a police station to provide a more accurate evidential breath test. If the driver in involved in a crash while over the limit and found responsible for another person’s death, they risk up to 14 years imprisonment, unlimited fine and driving ban of 2 years or more.
Similar to drink driving, the police are able to carry out roadside drug tests if they suspect the driver of being unfit to drive due to legal or illegal drugs. Like drink driving the driver will get a criminal record and could face problem's obtaining car insurance in future.
We are only able to assist if you can pay private legal fees. If you are on a low income you may be able to get legal aid in relation to these types of serious allegations because there is a risk of a prison sentence.