A person can be charged with driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or drugs. What some people may not realize is that they can be charged with DUI, whether they are taking illegal drugs such as marijuana or cocaine, or even a perfectly legal over-the-counter medication or prescription medication. Any substance which inhibits your ability to operate a motor vehicle can cause you legal trouble.
The difference between an alcohol related DUI and DUI & drugs is that there is no legal limit for over-the-counter medications and prescription medications. A person can be arrested for DUI & drugs when they completely don't expect it. If you have been arrested for DUI & drugs, contact a Fort Myers DUI lawyer from our firm without delay! We have more than 30 years of combined experience.
Aside from alcohol, many illegal and prescription drugs affect the driver's ability to drive safely. Many prescription drugs have very similar effects as alcohol or worse. When alcohol and certain prescription drugs are combined, the effects can be lethal. This is true for many prescription drugs and even a number of over-the-counter drugs such as antihistamines that cause a drowsy effect.
Many drugs can have very negative effects which can cause disaster to the person behind the wheel, including:
A DUI & drugs arrest typically begins when a police officer observes a person driving erratically, or when they seem to fall asleep at the wheel. If the police officer suspects the driver is under the influence of a prescription medication, or any other drug, they may request a blood or urine test. It's important to note that although driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs are a different thing, the penalties are the same. A person who is convicted of DUI & drugs in Florida faces fines, license suspension ranging between 6 months and 1 year, up to 6 months in jail, vehicle impoundment and probation, not to mention a permanent criminal record.
Some of the most common drugs found in a DUI include:
Whether a DUI charge is for alcohol, cocaine, or a prescription medication, the consequences are the same. If you have been arrested for DUI & drugs, it's important to contact a DUI attorney from Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law right away. Since DUI & drug cases vary so widely, it will be absolutely critical to question every aspect of the case against you. At times, a DUI & drug case can be successfully fought and won. We urge you to contact the firm as soon as possible to start fighting your DUI & drug charges.