One of the issues that you might face if charged with a drug DUI is the presence of other charges along with the DUI. This is because many drugs are illegal substances. If you are pulled over for driving under the influence of alcohol, and you have a case of beer in the car, the officer won’t care. But if you are pulled over and suspected of being under the influence of illegal drugs, the police officer might search for these illegal drugs. If found, you could face additional charges. In this post, you can learn more about common additional charges to a drug DUI.
As mentioned above, if a police officer suspects that you are under the influence of an illegal substance, they might search you for it. If they find it on your person or in the car, you can face other charges in addition to your DUI. Two common additional charges that you might face are possession and intent to sell.
A possession charge is easy enough to tack on to a DUI if the officer finds drugs on your person or in your car. However, it is possible to refute this charge in court. For example, if you are pulled over with someone else in the vehicle, you might be able to argue that the drugs belonged to this other person. Or, if you were borrowing someone else’s car, you could argue that the drugs belong to the vehicle’s owner.
Another common charge that you might face is intent to sell. Generally, police officers charge people with this crime if they find a certain amount of drugs. If a person is found with a large amount of drugs on them, it is implied that it is too much for one person to consume recreationally. The police can infer that such large quantities are carried with the intent to sell them to other people. Again, there are defenses to this charge. You should talk to an attorney to discuss ways that you can refute this charge or any others that you face.
DUI and Other Charges
Facing multiple charges can be stressful and make your defense more difficult. You have to worry about multiple defenses and multiple penalties if you are found guilty. Penalties for multiple offenses such as the ones listed here include thousands of dollars in fines, community service, rehabilitation, license suspension, and even jail time. For this reason, it is important to defend yourself to the best of your abilities. In many cases, this means hiring a lawyer to assist with your case. A lawyer can review your situation and help you come up with the best defense. They can also walk you through this process and answer any questions that you have.
I have worked with DUI cases as well as drug charges before. I can help you if you find yourself in this situation. For more information, please contact my office.