No drugs have been found by the polices test or by the one I commissioned from a police approved lab. Both reports state that pre screening shows possible benzodiazepine usage, however when the full tests are done I am negative on all of them.
At the time of arrest I suffered some sort of mental episode and told the police I had been taking "magic valium sleeping gum" so that wasnt the greatest thing to do, but as all drug tests are negative, then by definition I cannot be guilty of driving whilst impaired through drugs.
I was on an anti anxiety drug called phenelzine, and I took two pills I bought of the internet that claimed to have benzo like effects. However i have took prescription benzodiazepines and believe they were sugar pills.
Phenelzine does have a warning saying it may make you drowsy, however I had been on it for several months prior without incident. I also have a letter from my doctor stating in his opinion phenelzine would not have caused the impairment that I suffered.
No, if it is indeed legitimate, it is not controlled in the UK. It is a prescription medication in Japan however
Will refer you back to a previous message, which was my reply to your 1st question
My current solicitor believes they are going to use some 'cocktail of drugs' argument that the combined effect of the prescription medication and the anti anxiety pills caused it, by some sort of interaction.
Estimated cost from my solicitor is 6-10 grand at least in legal fees, and I cannot really afford it. So depending on the attitude of the CPS prior to my trial in April, if they don't lessen the charge to "driving without due care", which I will please guilty to, I will have no choice but to plead guilty as I cannot afford to defend myself.
I know I am stretching this Jo, and if you want to upgrade the question so I have to pay you more for the answer, then please do.
I am worried my solicitor has a vested interest in making me pay this money, and he may or may not negotiate with the CPS as vigorously as I would want. I do not believe this is the case however, but even if their is a slim possibility then this is why I am asking for your advice.
If you wish I would be more than happy to book a phone consultation outside of this (I hope suggesting it is not outside the rules) so that we could chat for an hour and you could charge me your usual rate.