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Charged with a drug-related DUI? Let us take the stress and burden off your shoulders. At Navarro Law, we are committed to protecting and defending our clients. We will pursue relentless and thorough advocacy to help you. Especially in cases like drug DUI, you will significantly benefit from an attorney who will perform a meticulous investigation of your circumstances to ensure proper police procedure was followed, for instance.
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Don’t let a drug DUI charge impact your future driving privileges. The consequences can be severe, and a charge might also raise related charges for illicit drug possession. At Navarro Law, we will pursue a thorough investigation of your charges to gather the appropriate evidence for an effective defense. Whether law enforcement improperly stopped you or searched you, or whether you have been mistakenly accused of using a drug you had a valid prescription for to drive, we can help you.
Driving Under the Influence of Illegal Substances
While DUI charges often call to mind alcohol-related incidents, DUIs can also involve the use of illegal substances. More specifically, drivers in Arizona can be convicted of DUI if they operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of any illegal drug or any legal substance if they were impaired at the time of driving.
Recall that A.R.S. §28-1381(A)(1) prohibits driving while under the influence of the following in such a way that the driver may be impaired even to the slightest degree:
- intoxicating liquor;
- any drug;
- vapors releasing certain substances;
- a toxic substance or any combination of liquor, drugs, or vapor-releasing substances.
Be aware that individuals may be charged with DUI under the above statute even if the substances in question are legally prescribed medications if they used the drug outside of the doctor’s recommendations or if law enforcement believes the drug has impaired the person’s ability to drive.
Additionally, A.R.S. §28-1381(A)(3) adds that it is illegal to drive while a person has taken any drug prohibited by Arizona’s controlled substances laws, including:
- dangerous drugs; and
- prescription medications without a valid prescription.
Note that under the above law, a driver who has taken a prohibited drug may be charged with a drug-related DUI whether or not they were actually impaired at the time of driving; if law enforcement finds drug metabolites in the person’s system, that is enough for a drug DUI charge.
Contact Navarro Law for aggressive but heartfelt representation against your drug DUI charges today. Call (480) 300-3040 on fill out an online form for a free consultation.
Penalties and Sentencing
A first offense drug DUI is considered a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail (with a 10-day minimum), drug screening and treatment, and a fine of up to $2,500. Note that 9 of the 10 minimum days in jail can be suspended upon completion of drug screening and treatment. If the defendant has a prior DUI conviction within 7 years of a second drug DUI charge, the minimum penalty increases to at least 30 days of jail, drug screening and treatment, and possibly up to 5 years of probation. Convicted individuals may also face 1 year of license suspension without the possibility of requesting a restricted license.
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