Drug DUI

While you may be familiar with a Danbury alcohol DUI charge, you might not know much about a drug DUI charge. While alcohol and drug DUI charges are fairly similar, there are some differences that you should be aware of. DRE examinations and how drug DUIs are detected differ from the process related to alcohol DUIs. Learn more here.


In Connecticut, Danbury police officers use the method of DRE to determine if the person operating a motor vehicle is intoxicated. On this page, you can learn more about the DRE examination and what a Danbury drug DUI will mean for you.

DRE Exams

The DRE is a physical examination that tests the suspect’s blood pressure, pulse, pupils, and more. DRE evaluations typically follow a 12-step process which includes: the officer conducting a breath test and interviewing the officer who made the arrest while conducting a preliminary examination. After this, the officer will conduct the first pulse check and an eye examination.

From there, the officer will then instruct the suspect to perform a divided attention psychophysical test, and they will do a second check of their vital signs, pulse, and pupils. The officer then moves to examine muscle tone, check for injection marks from needles, does a third vitals check, and gets a statement from the suspect. Lastly, the officer requests a toxicology examination done through fluid, urine, or blood.

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Determining Drug Influence

While it may appear obvious that you may be arrested for a DUI for driving under the influence of illegal drugs like heroin or cocaine, it is important to note that one may be arrested for DUI while on legal, prescribed drugs as well. This is due to the fact that Connecticut law states that driving under the influence of any drug is illegal, not just illegal drugs.

Similar to marijuana DUI, general drug DUIs are harder to detect than alcohol-related DUIs because the BAC test also does not work with prescription or other illicit drugs. Further, the specific type of drug, the amount taken, and the person’s history of usage or dependency are factors to consider.

These factors have a much greater effect on the ability to conceal the fact that they have in fact consumed that which would negate their ability to legally drive an automobile. While some drugs may make a person stammer or stumble or seem sleepy, others may make the person more awake or better at answering questions. It is this large difference in response to drugs that makes it even harder for the police officer to determine if a drug has been consumed.

Getting Help

It is especially important at this time, given the evolving and growing nature of these tests, combined with the punishments faced by those accused, that someone facing this type of charge speaks with an attorney in this area of law. Common penalties for Danbury drug DUI that you want to avoid are community service, fines, license suspension, required ignition interlock, other DMV-related punishments, and possible jail time. To speak with such an attorney, call Lady DUI today.

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