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Solicitor, Conor Johnstone, discussed drug driving on BBC Radio 1 Extra

  • Dec6

    Drug Driving Convictions Quashed

    Conor Johnstone

    A BBC report has found that at least 40 drug driving convictions have been quashed after results were found to be incorrect.   It is unclear why Randox Testing Services, a Manchester based laboratory, manipulated data to create false positive results. It is not known how widespread this issue is and how many samples have been…

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  • May2

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

    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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  • Apr3

    Randox Drug Driving – Licence Suspended

    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M.A.J. Law has recently learnt that Randox Testing Services has had its drug driving laboratory accreditation withdrawn.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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  • Nov21

    Drug Driving Sentencing Guidelines Released

    Conor Johnstone

    The Sentencing Council is launching guidance for sentencing cases of ‘drug driving’.   The guidance is to assist those sentencing offences of driving, attempting to drive or being in charge of a motor vehicle with a concentration of a specified controlled drug in the body above the specified limit (Section 5A Road Traffic Act 1988)….

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  • Jul5

    One Case Dropped Everyday – Drink Driving Victories

    Conor Johnstone

    Last week, M.A.J. Law received five ‘Notice of Discontinuances’ from the CPS, dropping the drink driving charges against our clients. It is important to remember that the CPS rely heavily on people entering guilty pleas on the first court date. Whether the charge against you is drink driving, failing to provide, drug driving or drunk in…

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  • Jun17

    The UEFA Euros – Giving Drink Drivers The Red Card

    Conor Johnstone

    A police crackdown on drivers under the influence of drink and drugs is launched to coincide with the start of the Euro 2016 football tournament. The police are urging drivers to think twice before jumping in the driver’s seat after a drink.  Last year’s campaign saw more than 12,000 breath tests with almost 8,000 people arrested for…

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GF

6th March 2019 Bromley Magistrates' Court

(Drink driving case won at trial)

I wanted to express my gratitude to the team at M.A.J Law for their expert advice and representation. I was charged with drink driving and asked to attend court. I searched online and found M.A.J Law. Their solicitors all seemed well informed and professional. Unlike other firms I spoke to, they didn’t give it the hard sell and explained all my options. My case was won at trial after the police officer couldn’t remember who had completed the important procedural paperwork.

I am eternally grateful for M.A.J Law’s assistance and would recommend them to anyone in a similar situation.

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JG

28th February 2019 Scarborough Magistrates' Court

Dear David, Conor and the M.A.J team.

I’d just like to thank you for the services provided and for your patience with my worries and questions throughout the process.

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