While DUIs are typically associated with alcohol, you can also be charged with driving under the influence of drugs, or DUID as it’s sometimes called.
To fight this charge, you’ll need a strong defense attorney with experience handling DUIs and DUIDs. This is where our law firm, Nashville-based Herbert & Lux, comes into play. We’ll look at your case from all angles until we develop a strategy that could not only save you time, money and headaches, but also jail time and a permanent criminal record.
What does the Law Say?
Common illegal drugs that can impair your ability to drive include methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. These drugs can cause hallucinations, nausea, tremors and other symptoms that hamper your ability to drive safely. Marijuana, though legal in some states, is still illegal in Tennessee and recognized as an impairing drug.
However, you can be charged with a drug DUI even if the “drugs” you were using were not illegal. In Tennessee, it’s illegal to operate a vehicle with any amount of a drug that can affect your central nervous system, which includes prescription medication. If you are pulled over and fail a sobriety test while on a drug known to cause impairment, even if it is your legal prescription medication, you can be charged with a DUI.
Even if it’s only your first, second or third DUI charge, which are charged as misdemeanors in Tennessee, compounding factors could lead to other additional charges, or even to felony charges, including:
- Driving with a suspended or revoked license.
- Getting into a crash that damages property or causes injuries. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and then getting into a crash that causes some kind of damage or severe injuries can elevate your charge to a felony, and possibly a homicide charge if someone is killed.
- Driving with minors in the car, which can elevate most DUI charges and will result in include felony child endangerment charges.
- Having previous DUI convictions means you could be facing a felony charge, depending on how many previous convictions you have.
While drug DUI charges exist, a standard limit for drug impairment does not. In Tennessee, no amount of any drug that impairs driving is considered safe. Because there is no easy way to test to drug intoxication, as there is with breathalyzers for alcohol, law enforcement officers will use drug recognition skills to determine whether you are impaired by looking for cues like dilated pupils and strange behavior.
Don’t Leave your Case to Chance, Get Representation you can Count on
With this much at stake, you deserve an attorney who will fight for you. Our attorneys at Herbert & Lux are members of the National DUI Defense Lawyers Association and have extensive experience defending DUI cases. We can examine your case and look at all possible options to help you prove your innocence, and move on with your life intact.
For a free consultation to see how we could help you with your drug DUI case, contact Herbert & Lux today. You’ll be paired with an expert DUI lawyer who understands your rights and will fight for them.