Stemming from this, you can be charged with DUI for driving under the influence of any intoxicating substance that impairs your driving ability. Drug-related DUI cases are often more complex and challenging to defend than standard charges. A drug DUI offense may carry similar penalties and consequences as an alcohol DUI, including:

  • Driver’s license suspension
  • Fines
  • Jail time
  • A variety of other punishments

Our skilled Tampa drug related DUI lawyers at Carlson Meissner & Hayslett have the extensive courtroom experience to fight off the prosecution’s claims, challenge the evidence they may present against you, and get you the outcome you’re looking for.

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:

  • Walk
  • Judge distances
  • Hear
  • Act in emergencies
  • See
  • Make the required judgment calls
  • Talk
  • 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:

  • Marijuana
  • Other banned, illegal or intoxicating drugs
  • Cocaine
  • Prescription drugs, such as Valium, Xanax, and Oxycontin
  • Heroin
  • 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.

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Challenges Related to Illegal or Prescription Drug DUI Cases

When a police officer stops you on suspicion of driving under the influence, they must establish that your normal faculties are impaired, and your BAC is 0.08 or more. Unless they have had alcohol, drivers under the influence of drugs don’t exceed the limit on breath alcohol tests.

Law enforcement officers may use field sobriety tests to show that your normal faculties are impaired. They may also determine your drug intoxication through a blood or urine test. Typically, these tests are used where serious bodily injury or death is involved. Our defense lawyers will make it difficult for the prosecution to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the substance identified was an active metabolite and not inactive at the time of the testing.

Potential Defenses for Drug-Related DUI in Florida

Illegal or prescription drug cases involve numerous factors regarding scientific issues and facts. These are often open to interpretation. Based on these interpretations, the right DUI attorney should be able to get you acquitted during a jury trial. You must hire a proven DUI attorney with a history of using appropriate industry experts and witnesses. Potential defense for DUI charges include:

  • Adverse drug reaction
  • Lack of quantitative impairment
  • Insufficient evidence
  • Accident report privilege
  • Investigative mistakes
  • Illegal arrest
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You are in the Hands of a Fighter: Get Legal Representation from a Formidable Drug DUI Defense Lawyer

If you have been arrested for an illegal or prescription drug DUI, you should speak with our top-rated Tampa drug related DUI attorneys at Carlson Meissner & Hayslett. Our passionate and strategy-driven lawyers will evaluate potential defenses in your case and use the most effective evidence-backed strategy and arguments that can help you get an acquittal. We are happy to provide you with a free case evaluation. Call us at 877-728-9653 or reach us online.

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