Have You Been Arrested For Driving Under The Influence Of Drugs?
It is widely known that police are on the lookout for drunk drivers, and that the laws regarding DWI (driving while intoxicated) have become more strict. However, law enforcement officials are now pulling over drivers if they have a suspicion that they may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) is just as dangerous as drunk driving, and is being charged in the same way as a DWI.
If you have been charged with drugged driving, turn to our team at the Law Office of Louis G. DeAngelis, LLC, in Englewood. We work tirelessly to protect our clients in all types of criminal cases, including drunk driving and drugged driving cases. An attorney at our firm will meet with you individually and discuss your case, tailoring the approach we take to suit your specific goals and needs.
Testing For The Presence Of Drugs
While it is relatively easy for police to administer field sobriety tests and breath tests for alcohol while they have an individual pulled over, it is more difficult for them to determine and even prove that someone is under the influence of drugs. One or more of the typical field sobriety tests may be administered, though the results may not be conclusive. In most cases, the police will request that you provide a blood or urine sample that can be tested for drugs. They will be testing for hallucinogenic or narcotic drug, or one that can be addictive and habit-forming, which can include prescription medication.
Consequences Of Drugged Driving
The majority of the potential penalties for a conviction on a DUID charge are similar to a DWI charge: large monetary fines, possible jail time and others. However, the driver’s license suspension requirement in DWI cases is less than a DUID case. Instead, a DUID conviction would result in a mandatory driver’s license suspension of a minimum of seven months and up to one year.
At this point, there is no requirement for the installation of an ignition interlock device for a DUID conviction. Since those devices test the breath for the presence of alcohol, and drugs cannot be detected on the breath by this device, it would seem to be unproductive and wasteful to require one to be installed. However, it is still up to the court whether or not this is ordered. We oppose this requirement in DUID cases and will aggressively argue against its mandatory installation on your behalf.