Drug DUIs are similar to alcohol based DUIs, but they do differ slightly in procedure. For example, a police officer can’t use standardized field sobriety tests to determine if you are under the influence of a drug. These tests are designed to determine if a person is impaired by alcohol. This section of the website talks about the drug DUI in greater detail.
Similarities and Differences to Alcohol DUI
This page talks about some of the major ways in which a drug DUI is similar to and different from an alcohol DUI.
Types of Drugs
In theory, you could be charged with a DUI for driving under the influence of any drug. However, certain drugs are related to DUI more often than others. Two very common drugs that could lead to a DUI charge are marijuana and prescription pills. You can learn more about a marijuana related DUI and a prescription pill DUI on these pages.
Drug DUI and Minors
You might be wondering if there are special penalties for those charged with drug DUIs as minors. Drug DUIs are a little different for minors, and you can learn more about this issue on this page.
If you have been charged with a drug DUI, you should build a defense to the charge. There are many common defenses that might pertain to your case. A lawyer can help you determine the best defense for your specific situation. Oftentimes, defenses for drug DUIs are strong. This is because unlike with alcohol, there are not standardized tests to determine if a person is under the influence of a drug. Plus, the fact that there are so many different types of drugs as well as symptoms makes it difficult to standardize these types of tests.
If you are charged with a drug DUI, you also need to know what you are up against. What are the potential consequences for a drug DUI? What will your court process be like? How can you get help? You can learn more here.