Drugged Driving Has Stiff Penalties
DUI is not just about driving drunk. Driving under the influence of drugs is also grounds for DUI charges. Whether they were using street drugs or prescription medications, people who drive under the influence in Florida can face DUI charges.
At Michael A. Gottlieb, P.A., we represent people in the Fort Lauderdale area who are charged with all types of DUI offenses, including DUI drugs. We understand that this is a difficult time for you, especially if you were simply taking a medication your doctor prescribed. You can come to our firm for aggressive advocacy from a team of lawyers with more than 35 years’ of combined experience. Speak with us today at 954-355-7286 for a free consultation.
You Could Face Multiple Charges In These Cases
DUI drug charges include street drugs and prescription medications. All illegal drugs may impair driving, including marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, bath salts and club drugs such as ecstasy and molly.
Prescription medications that may impair driving include:
- Sleeping pills such as Ambien and Lunesta
- Anti-anxiety medications such as Valium and Xanax
- Painkillers such as Percocet, Vicodin, Fentanyl and Codeine
If you acquired the drugs illegally, you may also be charged with possession. Additionally, if you have a large amount of these drugs in your possession at the time of the arrest, you could also face possession with intent charges or distribution charges, even if the drugs are for your personal use.
Penalties for conviction of DUI drug charges depend on the specifics of each case. In general, you could face jail time, fines and fees, the loss of your driver’s license, substance abuse assessment and education, community service and probation.