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Driving Under the Influence vs. Drugged Driving

Whether you are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or for drugged driving, both of these situations could spell trouble for you. But of these two offenses, which is considered to be a more severe transgression? Are they treated differently by a judge and jury? Can a DUI attorney assist you with your drugged driving case as well? Read on to learn more about drugged driving and the answers to these questions.

What Qualifies as Drugged Driving?drugged-driving

Drugged driving is defined as operating a vehicle while under the influence of any drugs that would affect your ability to act and react normally. While primarily this refers to illegal drugs, the definition could also be extended to apply to prescription or over-the-counter medications that have not been used properly or in the right quantities. Any type of drug has the capacity to be a mind-altering drug, one that will limit or change your motor skills, judgement, and reaction time.

Drugged driving and driving under the influence of alcohol are similar in that they are not necessarily “black and white” offenses. Just as you may not realize your blood alcohol content has exceeded the legal limit after a certain point, you may not realize when a prescription or over-the-counter drug has affected you to the point where it is no longer safe to drive. While it is easy, as far as a police officer is concerned, to arrest you anyway, the fact of the matter is that your drugged driving arrest may not be an issue of intent or malice on your part. With the help of a drugged driving attorney, you can work to successfully prove this in court.

What Drugs Are Most Often Associated with Drugged Driving?

Marijuana is often associated with drugged driving cases; it is second only to alcohol in terms of substances blamed for impaired driving arrests. If you are arrested for drugged driving and marijuana is also found in your possession, you could end up having to deal with multiple criminal offense charges all at once. Because a drugged driving charge can lead to many other serious consequences, it is that much more important to retain the services of a qualified criminal defense attorney upon your arrest. The right lawyer will be able to help you navigate the minefield that is the justice system and will work with you as a constant source of support throughout your trial.

Bruce Robinson & Associates

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