While a breathalyzer test won’t prove whether you’re driving under the influence of drugs or not, a law enforcement officer who pulls you over can still arrest you if he or she believes you have consumed drugs and are not fit to drive. A law enforcement officer must have probable cause to pull you over, such as swerving, driving too slow or too fast, or breaking the law in other ways while driving.
Once you are pulled over, the law enforcement officer will likely conduct a field sobriety test. While this is often done for DUI stops when the officer suspects that the driver has consumed alcohol, it can also be done when the officer suspects that the driver is unfit to drive due to drug consumption. If the field sobriety tests suggest that the driver is unfit to drive, or the officer has other reason to believe that the driver is operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs, he or she will likely arrest the individual and accompany them to a hospital for either a urine test or a blood test to prove the presence of illegal drugs in the driver’s system.
Penalties for driving under the influence of drugs are harsh and are similar to that of driving under the influence of alcohol. If you are being charged with a DUI of drugs, contact the Law Firm of Ross, Kelley & Martin, PLLC. We will begin building your defense today. You can’t afford to wait! Call now.