Driving under the influence of illegal drugs, controlled substances or prescription drugs is a serious offense in Jacksonville. You could face criminal charges if law enforcement authorities, based on their investigation, determine that you operated a vehicle while under the influence of substances that impair your ability to drive. These types of cases can be more complicated than alcohol-related charges, but the penalties you will face for a conviction are often the same.
The consequences for driving under the influence of drugs in Jacksonville can include jail time, heavy fines and the immediate suspension of your driving license. Our criminal defense attorneys understand the potentially severe consequences such a conviction could have for you personally and professionally. If you are facing driving under the influence of drugs charges, please contact us at 855-797-9899 for a no-cost consultation.
Understanding the Complexities of Florida Law
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, there were 3,494 drug-involved car accidents in Florida in the year 2014 including 264 in Duval County. Statistics show that about 25 percent of all impaired driving accidents involve drugs. What these numbers means for drivers is that local law enforcement officials will stop at nothing to arrest drivers who they believe are operating under the influence of drugs.
It is important to understand that testing for drugs is not similar to testing for alcohol. There is no quick and easy test, such as Breathalyzer test for alcohol, to determine whether a driver is under the influence of drugs. Marijuana, for example, can stay in your system long after the effects have worn off. Therefore, a driver may have marijuana in his or her system long after he or she is sober and can drive safely. Prescription drugs can result in complicated cases as well. Drugs affect each one of us differently. So, it can be challenging to prove that an individual’s ability to drive was impaired simply because he or she had taken a certain medication that day.
Fighting the Charges
If you have been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, it would be in your best interest to seek the counsel of an experienced DUID defense lawyer who can guide you in the right direction. It is possible to build a solid defense and to have the penalties reduced or the charges dismissed completely.
In these cases, the prosecution must prove that your faculties were impaired at the time you were pulled over and it is unlikely that the toxicology report will prove your level of impairment beyond reasonable doubt. It is important to build a solid defense when facing driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) charges in Florida, because the penalties for a conviction are often severe.
If convicted of driving under the influence of drugs, you could face a variety of severe legal consequences including:
- Jail or prison time
- Steep fines
- Community service
- Driver’s license suspension
- Insurance rate hikes
- Drug counseling
Do not allow a DUID charge in Florida to affect your employment or educational opportunities. A conviction could have a long-term impact on every aspect of your life – personal and professional. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 855-797-9899 to find out how we can help you defend the charges successfully and work on securing the best possible outcome in your case.