While most cases of DUI and DWIs involve alcohol, other drugs which affect mental processes can affect the way you drive, and, consequently, land you in jail for DUI. According to a roadside survey conducted in 2007 by the National Highway and Safety Administration, more than 16% of weekend, nighttime drivers tested positive for illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter medication. The most common substance present in drugged drivers, however, is marijuana.
If you are being charged with DUI for a substance other than alcohol, contact Rhode Island DUI defense lawyer Matthew Marin at 401-287-4384 for a free initial consultation.
Detecting alcohol impairment is relatively easy for law enforcement officials. Breathalyzers help officers determine how affected a driver is by alcohol, with anything over .08% being legally deemed unsafe. However, determining one’s impairment from other drugs is more difficult. While the same motor skills tests are administered for drugged and drunk drivers, results are harder to interpret. Tools used to establish impairment of drugged drivers still lags behind the breathalyzer.
Because the laws for DUI’s vary across America, it is important that you are presented with accurate facts about your rights. If you or anyone you know has been charged with DUI for operating a vehicle while under the influence of a substance other than alcohol, Rhode Island DUI defense attorney Matthew Marin can help. Contact us at 401-287-4384 today to discuss your rights.