Tampa Drugged Driving Lawyers
Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID)
DUI charges are not limited to those who are found guilty of
driving under the influence of alcohol. In fact, Florida laws are equally harsh on those found to
be driving under the influence of drugs (DUID). Also known as drugged
driving, this can result from the use of illegal and controlled substances,
as well as the improper use of perfectly legal prescription drugs. Some
people make the mistake of thinking they cannot be arrested for using
prescriptions; however, this is a mistake. Alcohol is just as legal as
prescription drugs. The law doesn't care if you use them, but they
do care that you use them lawfully. If you are found to be using them
while behind the wheel, you could be facing criminal charges.
Defense Against Charges of Drugged Driving
Unlike DUIs involved alcohol, it can be slightly trickier to determine
whether or not the driver is actually "under the influence"
of the drugs. Whereas a
breath test can be used to estimate the
blood alcohol level, there is no simple roadside test which can do the same for drugs. Instead,
cases involving DUI and drugs will rely on different tests. For some cases,
the evidence will rest simply on the testimony of the officer. Remember,
the law describes a DUI as when a driver is impaired; this means that
their normal faculties are impaired. This could be when a driver is stumbling,
weaving or driving erratically.
This could be corroborated by evidence gathered during the administration of
field sobriety tests. These, however, are notoriously unreliable and subjective to the opinion
of the arresting officer. Therefore, many DUI & drug cases will turn
to evidence from blood and urine tests. These are viewed as the most accurate
way to determine how much of the drug is in the defendant's blood
system. They, however, are also inaccurate and can result in faulty readings.
For example, urine tests are only really good at determining
if drugs were used, not
when they were used.
They, therefore, may pick up on drugs that were used previously but do
not necessarily prove that the driver was impaired at the time of arrest.
Tampa DUID Attorneys: Providing High-Quality Defense
We know the types of questions that will be asked in any given DUID case.
For example, did the blood and / or urine test show that drugs were present
in the defendant's system? How much drugs were present? Were the defendant's
faculties impaired during the field sobriety test? With over two decades
of legal experience, we are well-versed in how to challenge these questions
and present evidence that will put your case in the best light possible.
For example, we may argue the following:
- The drug or field sobriety test was not properly administered;
- The blood / urine sample was not stored or transferred properly;
- The results were skewed from outside factors; and
- Evidence was gained during unlawful search and seizure.
We can also work tirelessly to ensure that your rights were not violated
during the arrest process. For example, we can ask whether or not there
was proper evidence and reasonable cause to complete the traffic stop.
If there wasn't, we may ask to have the charges dismissed. One thing,
however, is certain: you can trust in our firm. We know that cases involving
drugs and DUI can be complex, but they do not need to affect your future.
We have years of experience and can work to ensure that your rights are
not violated. Have further questions? We encourage you to consult with a
Tampa criminal defense attorney from our firm.
Simply pick up the phone and call us today at 813-321-7323!