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Driving High is "DUI" Too

Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell didn't know he could get a DUI for driving high, CBS Sports alleged in a recent news story. According to reports, Bell was behind the wheel of a car Wednesday afternoon when law enforcement determined that he was under the influence of marijuana. Unfortunately, this means that the football star will face allegations of DUI. At the scene of the incident, Bell allegedly told officers that he and his friends smoked marijuana "about a minute ago."

Law enforcement then told Bell that he would face drug testing and a DUI charge, but Bell didn't even know law enforcement could arrest him for driving under the influence of marijuana. "I didn't know that you could get a DUI for being high," he told officers.

Bell probably isn't the only person who thinks that DUI only means drunk driving. In reality, many states' DUI laws include driving high. In California, V C § 23152, it is unlawful in the state of California for any person to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. V C 23152(c) states that it is even unlawful for a person who is addicted to drugs to drive a vehicle at any time.

Drunk driving vs. driving high: What's the difference?

Although the same laws can apply to drunk driving and drugged driving, there are differences between these offenses. For example, law enforcement cannot use the same test methods for drunk driving and drugged driving to determine if a drivers is "under the influence."

If you were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or another controlled substances, speak with The Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. today. We can help you stand up for your rights in court and avoid the penalties of a DUI conviction.