Poly-drug abuse is taking a combination of drugs and alcohol to achieve a different type of high. It can be dangerous because the interaction between substances is unpredictable. 

Driving under the influence, or DUI, and driving while intoxicated are used interchangeably, but are separate and distinct charges. Whether a driver is charged with DUI or DWI depends on the type of alcohol or drug the accused has in his system at the time of the stop. However, when there is poly-abuse, a driver may be charged with either crime.

What Are Common Signs of Poly-Abuse?

Signs of poly-abuse include:

  • Tremors in the hands, feet, or head
  • Red, watery eyes
  • Cold sweaty palms
  • Inability to sleep
  • Poor physical coordination
  • Staggered or slowed walk

What is Poly-Abuse Driving?

Poly-abuse occurs when a person consumes drugs and alcohol then operates a motor vehicle.

Can I Be Charged with Poly-Abuse Driving?

No. A driver can be charged with some sort of criminal charge involving driving, drugs, and alcohol. The type of charge depends on the amount of drugs and/ or alcohol in the driver’s system at the time of the traffic stop or accident.

What Charge May I Face for Poly-Abuse Driving?

A driver can face an impaired driving charge such as:

  • DUI: Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol
  • OVI: Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs
  • DWI: driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs

The specific charge depends on the facts surrounding the traffic stop.

Can I Be Charged with More Crimes?

Yes. Someone accused of poly-abuse driving can face tougher charges depending on whether there was serious bodily injury to or death of another person.

Can an Attorney Help Me with My Poly-Abuse Charge?

Yes, a criminal defense attorney can help you with your poly-abuse driving charge. Contact an attorney to determine the best defense to use to reduce or eliminate the charge.