Under the Influence
Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUI)
According to Florida law, it is illegal for any person to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence of an illegal controlled substance, such as: marijuana, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, LSD, or Ecstasy. If a person is found to be operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs, he/she can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) by Florida law enforcement. Just as it is illegal to drive while impaired by alcohol, it is also illegal to drive while abusing narcotics. In fact, driving while under the influence of narcotics can be depending on the specific facts be considered a more serious criminal offense than
driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI).
Legal Penalties in Florida
After a person has been arrested for under the influence of drugs, he/she will proceed through the Florida legal system. If found guilty of driving under the influence of drugs, a person will be subjected to a variety of severe legal consequences, which will adversely impact their quality of life. Some of these legal penalties include, but are not limited to: jail or prison time, steep fines, probation, community service, DUI School, and even driver’s license suspension.
If you are being charged with driving under the influence of drugs in Florida, it is imperative that you seek immediate legal counsel from a reputable firm such as Hager & Schwartz, P.A. When you are facing a drug crime conviction, such as an under the influence of drugs conviction, you cannot afford to be without representation from a lawyer who knows how to defend you in court and who knows how to safeguard your individual rights. If you work closely with a drug crime defense attorney, you will greatly increase your chances of fighting your criminal charges, and also protect your best interests throughout the criminal process.