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Legal Matters

  • Italy has tough drug laws. If caught with 5g of cannabis you can, in theory, be prosecuted as a trafficker. Those caught with amounts below this threshold can be subject to minor penalties.
  • The legal limit for a driver’s blood-alcohol reading is 0.05%. Random breath tests do occur.
  • If you are detained for any alleged offence, you should be given verbal and written notice of the charges laid against you within 24 hours.
  • You have no right to a phone call upon arrest, but you can choose not to respond to questions without the presence of a lawyer.