Most people associate DUI with drunk driving, but few people realize that drugged driving is just as serious. A conviction of driving while under the influence of drugs (DUID) in Virginia can lead to an array of consequences that can seriously impact your life.
You may have little understanding of the laws and procedures of the criminal justice system when it comes to DUID, and being arrested and charged is an stressful experience. Consulting with an experienced attorney will help to ease the pressure you are under by:
- Thoroughly investigating your case.
- Providing you with a strategic defense.
- Taking action to reduce your charges and penalties or even get your case dismissed entirely.
When arrested for DUID, you need the legal advice and guidance of an experienced DUI attorney who understands the complexities of DUID, which combines science with law. The Wilson Law Firm serves clients throughout the state of Virginia by providing results-oriented legal services to make a difference in the outcome of your case.
Virginia Drugged Driving Laws
Under Virginia law, it is unlawful for anyone to drive or operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of any narcotic drug or any other self-administered intoxicant or drug of whatsoever nature, or any combination of such drugs that impairs his or her ability to do so.
You can, therefore, be charged with a DUID if impaired by a street drug, prescription drug, or even an over-the-counter drug or a combination of these types of drugs found in a blood sample. A doctor’s valid written prescription is no defense if your driving was observably impaired. Many prescription drugs as well as over-the-counter drugs affect the nervous system, motor skills, and judgment. For example, cough syrups, allergy or cold medicines, and sleep aids are known to cause drowsiness that can affect one’s driving.
Virginia law also provides “per se” drugged driving violations, and the following specific drug amounts found in your blood while driving constitute a DUID:
- 0.02 mg of cocaine per liter of blood
- mg of methamphetamine per liter of blood
- mg of phencyclidine (a synthetic compound found in hallucinogens) per liter of blood
- mg of 3, 4, methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA known as Ecstasy) per liter of blood
For all other drugs, including marijuana, specific DUID amounts are not addressed under Virginia law.
Call Us For Experienced DUID Legal Representation in Virginia
Nabbed for drugged driving in VA? Understand what the law prescribes and how a Virginia drugged driving lawyer can defend you.The attorneys at the Wilson Law Firm provide personalized service that is highly responsive to your needs along with proven experience and professionalism. Contact us to schedule your free consultation today – 24/7 availability. Call today.