Drug Related DUI

With the increased volume of prescription drugs on the market, and the relaxation of soft illegal drugs such as marijuana, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of drug related DUIs in Alberta. Drivers who take medication for sleep, chronic pain, or mental conditions have no legal excuse for an impaired charge if their medication specifically instructs that the patient not operate a motor vehicle while under the influence. The same can be said for the use of marijuana, cocaine, and other illegal drugs.

Police and roadside check stops are becoming more sophisticated in their means to determine whether a driver has been impaired. While police can not prove at the roadside whether a driver has a specific drug in their body, they can enforce their judgment that the driver is under some level of impairment and this can be just cause for suspending the driver. Typically, officers will be looking to identify slurred speech, altered pupils, decreased motor skills, and inconsistent or rapid breathing. The indication of any of these signs can lead to a search of your vehicle for additional evidence that supports their suspicions.

A Drug Related DUI Is Still A DUI

The law sees any use of narcotics or restricted prescription drugs as a drug-induced DUI that carries penalties and sentencing no differently than an alcohol related impaired driving charge. If you are charged with impaired driving, under the influence of an illegal or prescription drug, contact our impaired driving lawyers in Fort McMurray. Our criminal defense team brings a great deal of experience to this area of the law, and can represent you in reducing your sentence, or having the charges dismissed.

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Illegal Substances Common To Drug Related DUIs

  • Marijuana
  • Hash
  • Magic Mushrooms / “Shrooms”
  • Cocaine
  • Crack
  • Ecstasy
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamines

Prescriptions Common To Drug Related DUIs

  • Ambien
  • Valium
  • Flexeril
  • Vicodin
  • Lunesta
  • Xanax
  • Phenergan
  • Percocet

Call The Criminal Law Firm With The Record

If you have been charged with impaired driving under the influence of drugs, these charges are very serious and carry the same weight as an alcohol related DUI. Contact our impaired driving lawyers in Fort McMurray and let us help you through this legal matter.

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