In Florida, you can be charged with and arrested for DUI even if you are not drunk but under the influence of specific prescription or illegal drugs. Most Floridians mistakenly assume that DUI offenses can only be associated with alcohol.
Drug DUI Cases in Florida
In Florida, driving under the influence refers to driving impaired due to consuming a substance that impairs your normal faculties. This includes your ability to:
- Judge distances
- Act in emergencies
- Make the required judgment calls
- Perform physical and mental activities
You can get a DUI charge if you have any substance that impairs your ability to do these tasks. These are a few common substances related to drugged driving in Florida:
- Other banned, illegal or intoxicating drugs
- Prescription drugs, such as Valium, Xanax, and Oxycontin
- Over-the-counter medications
Illegal or prescription drugs DUI charges can apply even if you have a valid prescription. If you don’t have a valid prescription, you may also be looking at drug possession charges. It’s sensible for you to have a qualified drug-driving defense attorney on your case.