Driving and Drugs
Almost everyone is familiar with the concept of driving under the influence of alcohol or driving while intoxicated. The majority of states have a “legal limit” for blood alcohol content, usually at or above .08%. Thus, if you are stopped under the suspicion of driving while intoxicated and your blood alcohol level is found to be above this level, you are automatically found guilty. However, there is no similar “legal limit” for drugs which may affect one’s mental abilities, and thus, any testimony must rely on circumstantial evidence.
The state will generally pursue these cases with the same vigor that they pursue cases of driving under the influence of alcohol. As such, it is extremely important to contact an experienced Rhode Island driving under the influence of drugs lawyer in order to help you through the legal process and protect your rights.
When most people hear the term “driving under the influence of drugs,” they automatically think of illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, or methamphetamines, to name a few. However, numerous other prescription and nonprescription medications can affect mental ability and may cause an officer to pull you over. Anti-anxiety medications, muscle relaxers, pain medication, and even something as benign as allergy medication can potentially cause an officer to arrest you for driving under the influence of drugs.
If you or a loved one has been convicted of driving under the influence of drugs, contact Rhode Island driving under the influence of drugs lawyer Matthew Marin at 401-287-4384.