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You can get a DUI for driving while high

Although many people think of DUI as strictly an alcohol-related crime, "driving under the influence" means under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This applies to all drugs, including prescription drugs and medical marijuana.

Law enforcement takes all DUI cases seriously because driving under the influence may lead to catastrophic or fatal injuries for the driver, passengers and other motorists on the road. In fact, according to the Tampa Bay Times, data from 2016 shows that 205 people in Florida died as a result of accidents with drivers impaired by drugs.

What you can expect from DUI-drugs charges

If you are facing charges for driving under the influence of marijuana or other drugs, you need to know how a conviction can affect your life. Even a first offense has serious consequences such as:

  • A potential jail sentence
  • The loss of your driving privileges
  • Fines ranging from $500 - $1,000
  • Community service

In addition, you may be required to undergo costly substance abuse testing and chemical dependency treatment.

How is this different from drunk driving cases?

Unlike tests for alcohol impairment, there is no breath test for marijuana or other drug impairment. Instead, officers initially rely on their impression of whether you are impaired. Then if they bring you to the station, they may request a blood or urine test to determine if you have drugs in your system. In marijuana cases, they are looking for THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). These test results can be problematic, however, because THC can stay in your system for up to several weeks.

Regardless of which type of DUI charges you are facing, you may want to seek legal counsel. You have critical rights at stake.

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