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Scrap drug testing on arrest

Comment 9th July 2010

s7 Drugs Act 2005 amended s63B Police and Criminal Act 1984 which had previously allowed police to require that any person charged with a 'trigger offence' provide a drug test. The amendment allows that now a test can be required of anyone on arrest, whether he is late charged or not.

 

 

 

By all means revert to test on charge – at least that has some validity

Why does this matter?

This could lead to the bizarre situation whereby someone is arrested on a spurious allegation which, after a brief enquiry is found to be entirely groundless and yet, if they have refused a drug test on arrest, they could be charged with an offence with which they could, at least in theory, be imprisoned.

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