DUI & Drugs Lawyer in Atlanta
Arrests Involving Prescription and Illegal Drugs
If you have been arrested for suspicion of a
DUI involving drugs, then you may benefit from consulting the Atlanta DUI
attorney at The Law Offices of Howard J. Weintraub, P.C.
Our legal team has
40+ years of collective experience in DUI defense, and over the course of their legal practice, they have
successfully handled thousands of cases. A DUI conviction could result in fines, jail time, and a suspension of
your driver's license, among other harsh consequences—give yourself
the best chance of minimizing the penalties and dismissing the charges.
You do not have to fight alone.
Contact us today!
What drugs are considered for DUI?
While DUI arrests are common associated with alcohol consumption, it also
includes the influence of drugs. Whether prescription, over-the-counter,
or illegal, drugs that impair a driver's state of mind may be considered
grounds for a DUI charge. Whether under the influence of cocaine, marijuana,
or something as simple as Nyquil, individuals may run the risk of being
arrested if they are caught driving with these drugs in their system.
Many substances are in the category of drugs in relation to DUI, including:
- Illegal drugs (marijuana, cocaine, etc.)
- Over-the-counter drugs
- Prescription medication
- Toxic vapors (glue, aerosols, paint thinner, etc.)
The essential rule is that any drug that hinders a person's ability
to drive may be grounds for a DUI charge. If the influence of a substance
inhibits your ability to drive safely, it may put you in danger on the
road, as well as those around you. However, many drugs are not as easy
to detect on a person as alcohol is. In addition, many symptoms of fatigue
are similar to those of a person under the influence of drugs or alcohol,
which could lead to a wrongful DUI arrest.
Fighting the Evidence of a DUI Drug Charge
The prosecution must bring valid evidence against you in court in order
for you to be convicted of DUI. In the case of intoxication from drugs,
it must be shown that you were not only under the influence of drugs,
but that the influence of these drugs impeded your ability to drive safely.
Even if a blood or urine test reveals the presence of illegal drugs or
prescription medication, this does not automatically convict you of a
DUI. With the help of our Atlanta DUI lawyer, you may protect your rights
against mishandled evidence and improper procedure. Ultimately, the right
defense may minimize the penalties you face or even have your case dismissed entirely!
Penalties for Driving While Under the Influence of Drugs
Penalties for a DUI charge involving drugs can be the same or similar to a DUI charge
involving alcohol. Depending on which drugs are involved, you should know
that you could face additional charges. For instance, if your DUI involves
you driving while under the influence of cocaine, then you could face
possible drug charges, as well such as possession of cocaine by its consumption,
even if no actual cocaine was found on your person or in your vehicle.
Do not assume that receiving a DUI for driving while under the influence
of drugs instead of alcohol means that separate rules apply to your case.
If appropriate suspension papers are filed by the arresting officer after
the receipt of the laboratory analysis of blood or urine indicates the
presence of drugs, the
Administrative License Suspension (ALS) proceeding and our state's 10 day rule will apply. By acting quickly
Howard J. Weintraub and
Benjamin Black Alper, they can use their experience in handling all types of DUI cases and criminal
defense matters to provide you with the best opportunity to keep your
license and aggressively fight your DUI charges.
Contact our firm today and speak with one of our DUI Attorneys in Atlanta!