Drug Driving – Driving while relevant drug is present

What is the offence of driving while relevant drug present?

A person must not drive a motor vehicle on a road while they have a relevant drug present in their system.

Queensland police officers can ask you to provide a saliva sample at a roadside drug test to detect the presence of the following substances, known as relevant drugs:

  • Methamphetamine—also known as speed and ice.
  • MDMA—the active ingredient in ecstasy.
  • THC—the active ingredient in cannabis.

What is the penalty?

There is zero tolerance for driving with a relevant drug present. The police only need to establish that there is a relevant drug present at the time of testing.  They are not required to demonstrate that your driving was impaired as a consequence or even the effect of the relevant drug on your driving.

A positive test for a relevant drug will result in your driver licence being suspended for 24 hours.

When dealing with your charge of driving with a relevant drug present, a magistrate may:

  • disqualify you from driving for between 1 to 9 months
  • fine you up to $1,706
  • impose a maximum term of imprisonment up to 3 months.

Alternatively, view penalties for charges involving drug driving while under the influence of a drug.

What does the court take into account in sentencing?

There are a number of factors that the court will take into account when determining the appropriate penalty. They include:

  • The reason for your driving at the time of the offence.
  • Your previous traffic history
  • Was the unlicensed driving associated with the commission of another offence?
  • Your personal circumstances.
  • Any other circumstances the Court considers relevant.

You Can Benefit From Our Experience

If you are facing drug driving charges, an experienced Gatenby Lawyer will provide you with:

  • Expert legal advice about your eligibility for a work licence.
  • The necessary steps to minimise any penalties imposed.
  • Expert advice about the strength of the prosecution’s case.
  • A lawyer who will attend court with you.
  • Years of experience minimising the charges that come with drug driving convictions.
  • skilled criminal lawyer who will communicate your case in a skilled manner and present persuasive information that is designed to minimise your charges.

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