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  • 9 October 2018

    Checking blood results – Drug Driving

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    Conor Johnstone

    Drug Driving – exceeding the prescribed limit Have you been charged with drug driving under s.5A Road Traffic Act 1988? If so, it is important to remember that driving with THC, cocaine, MDMA or any other drug in your body is NOT illegal. It may, however, be illegal if those drugs exceed the prescribed limit….

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  • 4 March 2018

    Drunk in charge – M.A.J Law

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    Conor Johnstone

    Recent Success – Drunk in charge of a motor vehicle M.A.J Law were successful in a recent case relating to being drunk in charge of a vehicle. The Crown Prosecution Service took a very hard line approach to the case and charged our client with two offences: being in charge of a vehicle whilst in excess…

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  • 16 August 2017

    Thousands driving with 12 or more points – M.A.J. Law Solicitors

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    Conor Johnstone

    More than 10,000 motorists are allowed on the roads despite having 12 or more penalty points on their licence. Analysis by BBC News shows motorists in the north of England had the most licences with a dozen or more points. Road safety charities said allowing people with lots of points to stay on the road made…

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  • 14 August 2017

    Kirsty Gallacher charged with drink driving – M.A.J. Law Solicitors

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    Conor Johnstone

    Sky Sports presenter charged with drink driving, police have confirmed.   Sky Sports presenter, Kirsty Gallacher, has been charged with drink driving after being spotted by police “driving erratically”. The alleged offence is said to have taken place at around 11:30am in Eaton, Berkshire on 12th August 2017. The presenter will appear at Slough Magistrates’ Court 4th September 2017. Drink…

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  • 6 July 2017

    Drink & Drug Driving Trials in the Magistrates’ Court – M.A.J. Law

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    Conor Johnstone
    Drink & Drug Driving in the Magistrates' Court - Going to trial Drink driving, drug driving and failing to provide a specimen are all known as ‘summary only offences’. This means that they can only be tried in the Magistrates’ Court. A Magistrates' Court will consist of 3 lay Magistrates, or a District Judge sitting alone. There are...
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  • 2 May 2017

    Challenging Drug Driving Forensic Evidence – M.A.J. Law Solicitors

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    Conor Johnstone
    The importance of challenging forensic evidence in drug driving cases In 2015, a new offence was created making it unlawful to drive whilst over a specified drug limit. One of the most important pieces of evidence in any drug driving case is the Streamlined Forensic Toxicology Report, also known as the SFR1. This four page document will contain; The...
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  • 3 April 2017

    Randox Drug Driving – Licence Suspended

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    Conor Johnstone

    Grounds to appeal a drug driving conviction M.A.J. Law has recently learnt that Randox Testing Services has had its drug driving laboratory accreditation withdrawn. This means that it can no longer analyse blood specimens for use in drug driving cases. It also raises further concerns about the integrity of previous drug driving samples analysed at RTS…

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  • 20 February 2017

    Appeal a Randox Drug Driving Conviction

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    Conor Johnstone
    Almost 500 drug driving toxicology results are under review following claims that Randox Testing Services manipulated test results. Randox Testing Services said the manipulation was of quality control data supporting the test results, rather than the samples themselves. Two staff members have been arrested by Greater Manchester Police as part of the criminal inquiry into a...
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  • 15 February 2017

    Appealing Against a Magistrates’ Court Decision – Drink Driving

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    Conor Johnstone
    You have an automatic right of appeal following a conviction in the magistrates' court. Any appeal must be lodged within 21 days from the date you were sentenced. You can appeal against your conviction so long as you didn't plead guilty. You can appeal against your sentence if you think it is 'manifestly excessive'. Your...
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