When people think of Driving Under the Influence (DUI), drunk driving is what usually comes to mind. In fact, a DUI charge can happen anytime a person's ability to drive a vehicle (automobiles, boats, aircraft, motorcycles) is impaired due to consumption of prescription, over-the-counter, and illicit drugs as well.
Impaired driving offenses are taken seriously and a first time offense can cost $1400- $1800 in court fees and that does not include hiring a criminal defense lawyer after being arrested, bail, car impoundment, increased insurance rates or lawsuits.
Driving under the influence can prevent employment or cause someone to lose the one they have due to ineligibility. A guilty plea means court mandated drug and alcohol education classes and random drug and alcohol screenings that the defendant pays for. After a defendant pays an attorney to make sure their legal rights are not violated, a first offense can easily cost $10,000 when it is over.
A 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) study found that 10.5 million people over the age of 12 admitted to driving under the influence of illicit drugs. Adults between the ages of 18-25 were the biggest offenders at 12.8 percent.
A 2009 study of random trauma centers showed that 34 percent of crash victims tested positive for drugs with no alcohol while 16 percent tested positive for alcohol only and 1 in 10 tested positive for both.
Driving under the influence of legal and illegal drugs is just as big of a public safety concern as drunk driving because it causes drowsiness, blackouts, impair judgment vision impairment and slow response time. It can also cause someone to have a stroke or heart attack, especially if mixed with alcohol, which can lead to fatalities.
If you have been arrested for a DUI associated with alcohol, drugs, or both, our experienced attorneys in Orlando can help you through this tough time. We have handled cases of DUI in Florida dealing with nearly all substances that impair the ability to safety drive a vehicle. Contact us today at (407)228-3838.