Drivers are generally prohibited from driving under any substance that impairs their ability to operate a motor vehicle. Therefore, it is possible to receive a driving under the influence charge whether you are impaired by alcohol, marijuana or any other substance. Let's look at how authorities determine whether a driver is too impaired to drive.
Officers Can Observe a Driver's Actions
If an officer sees that you are slurring your words or having trouble staying awake, those are clear signs of impairment. Furthermore, an officer may look for the presence of bloodshot eyes or drug residue on your skin or clothes. An inability to walk or stand after exiting your vehicle could be another sign of impairment.
Blood or Urine Tests May Be Ordered
While they can't prove that you were impaired while driving, a blood or urine test could detect drugs in your system. In most jurisdictions, it is illegal to drive with any trace of a controlled substance in your body. However, since there is no test that can measure drug impairment conclusively, an attorney may be able to challenge those results in court.
How Does the Law Treat Drugged Driving?
If you are charged with a drug DUI, you can face the same consequences as if you were driving under the influence of alcohol. This could mean jail time, a fine and a loss of your drivers license temporarily or permanently. It is important to note that you could face charges if an officer finds drugs or drug paraphernalia in your vehicle even if you weren't driving under their influence.
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