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Drink and drug driving offences

Drink and Drug Driving Offences

Drink and Drug Driving Convictions carry a mandatory disqualification. It is therefore very important that a person gets proper legal advice as to the merits of the state’s case against them when faced with a prosecution.

Section 4 of the Road Traffic Act 2010 contains the legislation which the state use to prosecute drink driving convictions.

The disqualifications in relation to drink driving depend on the alcohol limit in your system. With regards to drug driving cases there are two types of offences and disqualifications:

  • Being over the threshold for cannabis, cocaine or heroin with no proof of impairment necessary which carries a disqualification for 1 year for a first offence and not less than 2 years for a second offence.
  • Being over the threshold for cannabis while impaired which carries an automatic 4 year disqualification.

The current law in Ireland allows for people to be prosecuted for drug driving having taken a drug, days or even weeks before they are pulled over. It is important for people to know that the state are not required to prove any kind of impairment for one of the charges. This is important for people to know if pulled over on the road or taken to a Garda Station. It is important for someone to speak to a solicitor in those circumstances and we will be available to take your call.

We work with some of the best barristers in the country who specialise in this area in order to give you a good outcome.

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Paddy Mc Garry, Principal, Mc Garry Law

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