When most people hear the term “DUI” they think of someone who has been pulled over after drinking. But the truth is that any substance that impairs your ability to drive can be considered a DUI. This includes driving after smoking marijuana or taking other drugs. The bottom line is that if you drive after drinking, smoking weed, or taking other drugs you can be charged with DUI and in some cases will face additional charges.
A DUI is legally defined as driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher. However if you test positive for other substances you can be charged with DUI and other moving violations. Two major differences between a DUI that involves alcohol and one that includes drugs are:
- If you are charged with a drug related DUI you will face drug related charges, which usually include higher fines and penalties as well as longer possible jail terms.
- DUI’s that involve drugs usually include additional charges such as possession or maybe even possession with the intent to distribute. The type of defense you develop in relation to these charges is much different than the defense strategies typically employed in an alcohol related DUI case.
In the wake of these differences, which can be viewed in a negative light, it is good to know that the possibility having the charges reduced is still an option. Much like a DUI that involves only alcohol can be reduced to a lesser included traffic offense if you negotiate properly and successfully complete probation, a DUI with drugs can also be reduced to a lesser charge. The way to accomplish this is to obtain quality representation from a criminal defense attorney who focuses on these types of matters. Our DUI attorneys also have experience in other areas of criminal defense. We take on possession cases, probation violation cases, and all sorts of traffic violation matters. For legal help that meets your needs, call us today. We will work with you every step of the way and develop a strategy designed to fit the facts of your specific case. By working one on one with you we will find solutions that make sense.
If you have been arrested for DUI related to alcohol or drugs, or have received a ticket for any other traffic violation, call our office for help. Contact us today schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. The first visit is a free initial consultation.