The most common types of DUI charges in Arizona are alcohol related. However, DUI arrests are on the rise for DUIs involving people under the influence of drugs. Most people know that you can be arrested for DUI if you have illegal drugs in your system. Still, many people do not know that you can get a DUI for having legal prescription medications in your system. This is especially true with the rise of medical marijuana patients in Arizona.
There are two ways that a person can be charged with a DUI involving drugs in Arizona, Arizona:
Notice that a person can be arrested and convicted of DUI for having any controlled drug or its metabolite in their system. This means that regardless of whether that person was impaired, they can still be convicted of DUI. Some of the common types of drugs that may lead to a DUI conviction include:
So, what is the punishment for an Arizona DUI drugs conviction? Even for a first-time offense, you will be facing:
When people see that you can be convicted of DUI simply for having a drug or its metabolite in their system, they often wonder if it is worth hiring an attorney to represent them. A good DUI defense attorney will know that any results from a blood test are only part of the story. A DUI attorney must look at all of the evidence available to them. This means going beyond simply what’s written in the police report. The only way to successfully defend against a drug DUI is by investigating every aspect of the case. We look at your background and how that may affect your case. Additionally, an experienced attorney may be able to unearth evidence that points to an invalid stop, illegal search, or other violation of your constitutional rights, such as your right to counsel.
A successful defense may lead to suppression of evidence, including the results of your blood test. The attorneys at the Rosenstein Law Group have successfully defended their clients against many DUI charges. We offer free consultations so that you can get an upfront evaluation of your case. If you are arrested or charged with a drug DUI in Arizona, contact the Rosenstein Law Group at 480-248-7666 or online to speak with one of our attorneys and schedule a free consultation.