Drunk driving refers to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, or DUI. Driving under the influence of alcohol and operating a motor vehicle while impaired are different charges. The latter refers to drugged driving instead of drunk driving.

Drugged driving is being under the influence of a controlled substance while operating a motor vehicle. Drugged driving is also called substance impaired driving.

Can I Be Accused of Drugged Driving If I am Taking Prescription Medication?

Yes. Drugged driving includes legal and illegal controlled substances. This includes prescription medication.

What are Drugged Driving Per Se Laws?

Since drugs are harder to detect in a driver’s system than alcohol, some states have enacted drugged driving per se laws. These laws make it illegal for anyone to operate a motor vehicle with any detectable trace of specific drugs in their system. 

What Is the Difference Between Zero Tolerance and Specific Limits Regarding Drugged Driving?

Certain states have legal limits pertaining to drug use and driving while impaired. States like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Illinois have limits similar to a blood alcohol level, or BAC. Once a driver has a drug intoxication limit over that about, she can be charged with drugged driving.

Other states have zero-tolerance policy regarding drugged driving. Drivers can be charged with drugged driving if there’s any presence of intoxicating drugs in their system.

What Are the Penalties for Drugged Driving?

Penalties for drug driving vary according to state law. For example, Arizona’s penalties for a first drugged driving offense is up to 180 days in jail, fine, and license suspension.

Can a Criminal Attorney Help Me with My Drugged Driving Case?

Yes. Contact a criminal defense attorney about your drugged driving case. The attorney will investigate the facts of the case to determine whether you should be charged at all.