DUI of Drugs
Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs is very dangerous and causes thousands of injuries and fatalities every year. Although most DUI incidents involve driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by drugs can be just as or even more dangerous, which is why a DUI of drugs conviction carries harsh and inconvenient penalties, including driver’s license suspension. In order to help avoid excessive and potentially unjust punishment in Maryland, it is extremely important that a person arrested for driving under the influence of drugs contact an experienced defense attorney.
Maryland Drug Impaired Driving Law
Under Maryland Transportation Code Annotated § 21-902, it is illegal to drive or try to drive any vehicle while impaired by any drug, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, or a combination of one or more drugs and/or alcohol. In addition, it is illegal to drive or try to drive any vehicle while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance. When a controlled substance is involved, further criminal charges may also apply, such as drug possession.
Penalties for Driving under the Influence of Drugs
When a person is issued a Maryland driver’s license, that person agrees to follow all traffic laws, as well as to submit to a chemical test of breath, blood, or urine in the event of a suspected DUI arrest. Refusing this test could result in an automatic license suspension of 120 days. If you are arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or controlled substances and are convicted, you may be subject to a number of penalties, including:
- Driver’s license suspension;
- Controlled dangerous substances charge;
- Impounded vehicle; and/or
- Enrollment in a drug counseling program.
If a person violates the state’s DUI law multiple times within five years, that person is considered a repeat offender and is subject to even more severe consequences.
Defending Your Legal Rights
Driving under the influence of drugs can severely impair a driver’s ability to perform everyday maneuvers, such as changing lanes, reversing, parking, turning, and adjusting speed. The consequences from such an inability to drive safely can often involve the serious injury or death of other motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other road users. This is why law enforcement officers take catching alleged offenders so seriously. Unfortunately, sometimes law enforcement officers can become so caught up in keeping the roads safe that they suspect and arrest people who are not actually impaired. If you or someone you know has been arrested for DUI of drugs, the aggressive lawyers at Alpert Schreyer can build a strong defense on your behalf and keep you well informed of your legal rights and options. To learn more about whether the charges against you can be reduced or dropped entirely, contact us today at (866) 444-6363 for a free case evaluation.