While the majority of DUI arrests involve alcohol, driving under the influence of drugs is a major concern and is cracked down upon by law enforcement throughout Georgia. The penalties for driving under the influence of drugs are the same as those for DUI involving alcohol, but the laws regarding drunken driving charges are slightly different. It is important to work with a lawyer who is experienced in defending DUI drug charges in particular, as the procedures and strategies used during the DUI court process and at the ALS hearing will be different. The DUI defense strategies that your lawyer must develop should also be applicable specifically to drugs and DUI charges in order to have the best chance of being effective.
Georgia DUI law states that an individual may not drive while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs to the extent that it is "less than safe" for that individual to drive. If a driver has a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or greater, he/she may be charged with DUI regardless of whether or not his/her ability to drive safely was affected. Georgia law also states that it is illegal to drive under the influence of aerosol, glue or other toxic vapors which impair his/her ability to drive safely. The law is complicated, especially if you are unfamiliar with it. Therefore, Atlanta criminal defense attorney Andre Sailers has made himself available to those who need effective defense against DUI charges with drugs.
Penalties for a Drug-Related DUI
If a driver is found operating a vehicle with any amount of marijuana or controlled substance in his/her blood or urine, he/she may be charged with DUI. If a driver is legally entitled to use the drug found in his/her system, this is only a valid defense so long as the driver was still able to drive safely. If found guilty of a drug-related DUI, however, you should expect to face a suspended driver's license—sometimes just for possession, even if not operating the vehicle. Also, you could be required to enroll in a Risk Reduction Program in order to have your license reinstated, and you may face hefty fines, community service, and even time in jail, as well. To avoid unwarranted penalties, you should enlist the help of legal representation as soon as you are charged with a crime. Contact Sailers & Associates for more information.