What Causes a Maryland Resident to be Arrested for Drugged Driving?

Typically, when Maryland residents hear about DUI (driving under the influence) arrests, they think of people who drank too much alcohol and decided to drive while intoxicated. However, it is also illegal in Maryland to operate a vehicle negligently or recklessly while under the influence of drugs. Under Maryland law, a person can face drugged driving charges no matter what type of drug they have been using, whether it is prescription, over-the-counter, or illegal, as long as it hdepressed_drugs_41519011-300x199as a strong enough presence in their system to negatively affect their driving abilities.

As in any DUI arrest, in DUI of drug cases, Maryland police must pull over a driver if they suspect that he or she is intoxicated and conduct field sobriety and breath testing in an attempt to determine the level of impairment. In addition, if an individual is arrested for DUI of drugs, a drug recognition evaluator (DRE) will interview the suspect, a pseudo-medical examination will be conducted and a blood test will be obtained to determine the type and amount of drugs in the suspect’s system.

Being charged with drugged driving is more complicated than drunk driving as there is not a specific amount that needs to be found in a person’s blood to make them legally intoxicated. Often this can result in reduced DUI charges in Maryland when argued in court correctly. Additionally, every drug, whether legal or illegal, results in unique effects that may affect their driving in different ways. Classifications of drugs and their effects include:

  • Stimulants: Includes cocaine, amphetamine, ephedra, caffeine, and nicotine. Puts the body and mind into an often hyperactive state, making the mind race and actions become erratic.
  • Depressants/Opioids: Includes barbiturates, alcohol, opium, and codeine, which all slow the body and mind in various ways.
  • Hallucinogens: Drugs include LSD, PCP, cannabis, inhalants, and peyote, all of which causes changes in perception, thought, consciousness, and emotion.

Many people who take drugs of various forms do not believe that it will affect them in ways that make driving dangerous or do not anticipate driving prior to taking drugs, but end up in situations that result in an arrest for driving while under the influence of drugs. The Maryland DUI attorneys at Alpert Schreyer have the years of experience in representing clients arrested for DUI of drugs and the skills and knowledge necessary to launch a successful defense on your behalf. For more information, call us today at (866) 444-6363.

About Andrew Alpert

+Andrew is one of the leading DUI and criminal defense attorneys in both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He blogs about Maryland DUI law, has numerous videos on the subject and has been asked to appear on national television to offer his legal opinion on high-profile criminal cases.