Driving Under The Influence Of Drugs

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While legislation reforms have tightened the reigns regarding driving while intoxicated (DWI) laws, states have started to educate the general public on the hazards that are also associated with driving under the influence (DUI), which typically refers to the use of drugs.

"Drugged driving" as it has been dubbed by reformers, is defined as the use of drugs while operating a motor vehicle, which substantially impairs an individual, physically and mentally. In an instance of drug driving, the person\'s impairment prevents one from making reasonable judgments and driving safely. When the brain is afflicted with foreign substances, a person\'s reaction time and concentration are significantly altered. Furthermore, when drugs are combined with alcohol consumption, hazards are detrimental, as the individual loses his or her ability to function. Not only is this kind of behavior risky to the driver, but also to those outside the vehicle, as negligent drivers can cause fatal accidents. As a result, many people have pushed for more strict laws punishing those driving under the influence.

Unfortunately, breathalyzer tests cannot detect the presence of chemical substances in the blood. Instead, a blood or urine test must be administered to detect it. Saliva tests may also be able to detect the presence of drugs. An arresting officer is also forced to rely on observational evidence when accusing one of driving under the influence. Observations that may indicate drug use include erratic driving, quick stops, physical appearance, and unusual conduct. Scientific research has still not been able to determine individual tolerances of specific drugs, so convicting one of this crime has proven to be more difficult.

It is not uncommon for a person to be under the influence of a combination of drugs and alcohol. Marijuana is most frequently used by drivers and is often accompanied by alcohol. THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, contributes to a person\'s physical and cognitive impairments. When this substance enters the body, neurotransmitters, chemicals responsible for coordination, thought, movement, and memory are blocked. When this takes place, a person is greatly at risk for endangering his or her own life and the lives of others. Since the drug also alters one\'s personality, contributing to abnormal, irrational behaviors, use of the substance can often be observed by others.

Many times, driving under the influence is not a deliberate act. Many people are still unaware that many prescription medications can have adverse effects on one\'s ability to drive, despite warning labels on packaging materials. More common medications that have the potential to affect driving include anti-depressants, narcotic pain medications, tranquilizers, and blood pressure medicines. Even ordinary over-the-counter drugs can influence the way in which you operate a motor vehicle. Decongestants, motion sickness medications, and allergy medicines are typically associated with fatigue and should not be taken when driving. Some have even been convicted of DUI when severely sleep deprived.

If you have experienced a DUI dilemma, there are plenty of attorneys available to assist with all legal matters. A qualified and experienced attorney can explain drug testing procedures, sentencing, and court litigation processes. Moreover, if you feel you have been stopped by a police officer under false pretenses, contact an attorney immediately to help you. You are not obligated to submit to roadside chemical testing, but must make a decision when brought to the police station. Here, an attorney is the best resource for learning about you legal rights and the potential risks when declining or submitting to these tests.

A lawyer can work with you and the courts to minimize your sentence and shorten license suspension. He or she may be able to free you of all charges, depending on your unique circumstances, or decrease fines. No matter what the details of your situation may entail, it is best to hire an attorney to guide you through the legal matters. Neglecting to do so can leave you facing serious consequences in the future.

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