Over the last 10 years, there has been an increase in drug-related DUI’s in Arizona. Even if you don’t have alcohol in your system, you can still be charged with a DUI if there are drugs or controlled substances in your system.
This kind of DUI can apply to a person being under the influence of either illegal drugs or prescription drugs. While drunk driving has specific, set penalties, driving under the influence of drugs carries charges and specific penalties if you are “impaired to the slightest degree.” Any amount of drugs found in your system could be used against you, even if they are trace amounts.
Under ARS 28-1381, any individual my be convicted of a drug DUI offense if they are driving or are in actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of any drug, vapor releasing substance containing a toxic substance, or any combination of drugs and alcohol that would impair them to the slightest degree.
Some common types of drugs that end up resulting in drug DUI charges are: marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines, ecstasy, or opiates such as hydrocodone, ocycodone, codeine and heroin.
If you are pulled over and the office suspects that you are under the influence of drugs, they will more than likely order you to do a field sobriety test, including a heel-to-toe test, finger-to-nose test, one leg stand and alphabet recitation. An eye test may also be administered, as well as a blood or urine test. A Tucson DUI attorney at Thrush Law Group can help you determine in which situations is it best to take these tests or refuse them.
Those charge with DUI drug offenses can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, but if you are a first time offender and there was no accident as a result of the impairment, you will likely get charged with a misdemeanor.
The sentence for these kinds of charges is usually 6 months in jail and approximately $250 minimum in fines, not including court and legal fees, as well as drug education courses that the court will require you to complete.
Having legal representation could help you get your charges decreased or even dropped altogether. Contact a DUI attorney at Thrush Law Group today for more information by visiting level-glove.flywheelsites.com.