Drug Driving

 

Drug driving – Will I lose my licence?


If you have been charged with a drug driving offence your licence is at risk.

Drug driving offences carry a mandatory period of licence loss. This means that if you are found guilty of any drug driving offence the court must cancel your licence for a prescribed period of time.

In most cases driving with drugs in your system will attract a minimum licence loss of 3 or 6 months, depending on whether it is a first drink or drug driving offence. A Magistrate can increase this period if they think the circumstances warrant doing so.

Longer period of licence loss are imposed if you are found guilty of driving whilst impaired or under the influence of a drug. These offences are explained below.

In addition to licence loss, drug driving attracts significant financial penalties. If you have prior convictions for drug driving or similar offending you may also be at risk of imprisonment.

For these reasons it is important to take drug driving charges seriously and engage a lawyer experienced in such matters. Our lawyers are available 24/7 on 1300 616 183.  Alternatively, click here to leave us a message and one of our lawyers will be in touch.

 

Driving whilst impaired or under the influence (DUI)


If the police believe that the presence of drugs in your system significantly affected your ability to drive you may be charged with the more serious offence of driving whilst impaired or under the influence of drugs.

 

Driving whilst impaired by drugs

If you are found guilty of driving whilst impaired by drugs the court must cancel your licence for a minimum period of 12 months for a first offence, or two years for a subsequent offence.

The same periods apply if you are found guilty of refusing to provide a saliva sample.

Driving whilst under the influence of drugs

If you are found guilty of driving whilst under the influence of drugs the court must cancel your licence for a minimum period of two years for a first offence, or four years for a subsequent offence.

Can I apply for a work licence?


No. In Victoria it is not possible to apply for a work licence. If your licence is suspended or cancelled you may not drive under any circumstances.

 

If you or someone you know needs help with a drug driving charge our lawyers are available 24/7 on 1300 616 183.  Alternatively, click here to send us a message.