DUI Drugs

Illegal Drugs and DUIs

DUI drug cases are not uncommon in Athens, Georgia or the surrounding area. Police officers receive training in drugs and impaired driving sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and then use that training to investigate and charge people with DUI drugs. Marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and non-prescribed prescription drugs are just a few of the drugs that people are accused of being under the influence of when they are arrested for DUI drug charges. For some drugs, such as cocaine, the presence in a person’s system as detected by a blood test is enough for prosecutor’s to secure a conviction. For other drugs, such as marijuana, prosecutor’s need more than mere presence in a person’s system, and need to prove that the driver is incapable of driving their vehicle safely as a result of the drug.

Prescription Drugs and DUIs

As officers receive more training, DUI arrests from prescription drugs continue to rise in northeast Georgia. People are often surprised to find out that they can be arrested and charged for DUI while they are only taking their medications as prescribed. Prescriptions drugs such as Xanax, Prozac, and Lortab are just a few of the prescription drugs that people often take at different times during the day to function in their normal, everyday lives. As part of those lives, they are required to drive to various locations. When they do and are stopped for the smallest traffic violation, they can find themselves in the back of a police car arrested for DUI.

Different Than DUI Alcohol

DUI drug cases differ from DUI alcohol cases in the way that they are prosecuted and in sentences people receive, including different periods for driver’s license suspensions following convictions. If you are convicted of DUI drugs as a result of your prescription medications you may face jail time and you will receive a license suspension, that unlike a Driving Under the Influence of alcohol conviction does not allow for a limited driving permit. Additionally, a DUI drugs conviction will remain on your criminal history. Because of these consequences and because of the unique aspects of a DUI prescription drug case, you need an attorney experienced in handling this charge and an attorney experienced in taking these types of cases to a jury trial.

You Need an Experienced DUI Attorney

If you have been charged with a DUI Drugs offense, it is important to get an experienced DUI attorney, an attorney that understands the training that officers receive as it relates to drugs and impaired driving, and who understands what things to look for if a state administered blood test was given. Jason Slider has been handling DUI Drug cases for over 13 years, and is experienced investigating things such as what indications of impairment officers are looking for in the various drug categories and what part the field sobriety evaluations play in each officer’s determination to arrest and charge with DUI. If you have been charged with a Drug DUI, whether it involves illegal drugs or prescription medications, you need an experienced attorney to investigate and handle your case.

Jason Slider has been handling DUI drugs cases for 13 years. He is a member of the National College for DUI Defense and the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys and has received the 10 Best Client Satisfaction for 3 Years Award from the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys and been given the Top 100 DUI Attorneys for the State of Georgia by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense. Jason is well versed in the training that officers receive in their drugs and impaired driving training, and understands what officers are looking for to secure a conviction for DUI drugs. Because all drugs do not affect the body the same, it’s important to get an attorney that understands these differences in order to prepare an effective defense. Jason Slider understands these differences, often better than the arresting officer.

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If you have been charged with a DUI Drugs offense contact us today to schedule an free, confidential appointment with an Athens, GA DUI Drugs defense lawyer.

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