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Is drugged driving the same as drunk driving?

Florida laws can bring harsh punishments for people who get behind the wheel while intoxicated. A conviction can lead to jail time, expensive fines and complications. Drunk driving is serious, yet many people overlook the serious nature of drugged driving. When a person is driving while under the influence of drugs, it can also lead to serious legal repercussions.

Drugged drivers often display some of the same behaviors as drunk drivers. However, while there are chemical tests that can determine a driver's blood alcohol concentration, there are no tests to accurately determine how drugged a driver may be at the time of a traffic stop.

The serious repercussions of drugs and driving

Charges for drugged driving can happen even if a person has a valid prescription for the medication. Whether a driver took a medication needed for the treatment of a medical condition or consumed an illicit drug, the repercussions are the same. Consider the following:

  • Having a prescription is not a valid defense against charges related to drugged driving.
  • It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, for law enforcement to determine how much of a drug a person has in his or her system and what kind of drug it was.
  • Despite the difficulty of testing for drug use, law enforcement can still arrest a driver for any evidence of drugged driving, including intoxicated behaviors.

When you are facing drugged driving charges, your situation is serious. However, a strong defense is possible, and you can fight hard against a conviction and its possible impact on your life.

There is a lot on the line, but it can be beneficial to take quick action to protect your interests and work diligently to build a strong defense. You can even challenge the validity of the evidence presented by the prosecution against you.

Will you go to jail?

After an arrest for intoxicated driving, most people want to know if they will go to jail. While every case is different, it is possible to work diligently for a beneficial outcome and fight to mitigate the consequences you are currently facing.

You may find it beneficial to start by seeking a complete evaluation of your case. This can help you understand your defense options and help you build a case that allows you to fight for a strong future. Criminal charges can have a serious impact on your life, but you have the right to fight back and work to preserve your interests.

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