Most people, when they hear the term DUI, associate the term “under the influence” with drinking too much alcohol. But the fact is, in Arizona and elsewhere, many DUI offenses relate not to alcohol impairment, but to drugs. The effect of many chemical substances on a driver’s judgment, reflexes, and other aspects of operating a vehicle can be as devastating as alcohol’s are, and the penalties are just as severe.
The test that law enforcement personnel may order to determine drug impairment is a blood test, since it is fair to assume that a breath test may not reveal drug consumption as readily as it does alcohol levels. In either scenario, if the driver’s blood does test positive for any (illegal) drug, a DUI charge can result. What’s more, in certain situations even legal prescription medications that cause impaired driving can lead to a DUI charge. And, if you’re wondering if that reference to prescriptions includes legal medical marijuana, the answer is absolutely yes. Drug DUIs do include marijuana as a potentially “actionable” substance.
Of course, nothing in this blog should be taken as legal advice. If you have a DUI-related problem, your first thought should be to acquire experienced legal advice from an attorney well-versed in DUI matters. If you have questions about what Arizona law has to say about drug DUI, or you find yourself in a situation that calls for legal assistance, you may want to bring your issues to an experienced attorney at Zachary Law Group. We offer a FREE 30-minute case evaluation to get started on finding solutions for you. We can go to work on your behalf, to assert and protect your legal rights. That’s how we work; we “Zach-It!” Contact us today at 1-855-Zach-law.