A Look at DUI – Drugs in Georgia
When people hear of someone being charged with driving under the influence, they typically assume that the person was drunk. While this is true in many cases, it is not accurate in all. Drugged driving is becoming an increasing problem throughout the United States, and Georgia is not immune.
Georgia is no different in the rest of the states, in that driving under the influence laws are not specific to only alcohol. A person can be charged with driving under the influence if they have taken any substance that impairs their ability to drive safely. This includes alcohol, illegal narcotics, prescription and over-the-counter medications. A prosecutor can charge a person with DUI – Drugs (DUID) in several ways within the state.
Georgia law dictates that a person can be arrested for DUI if they are under the influence of drugs that have made it so they are “less safe” to drive. The state is not tasked with proving the type of drug in your system, only that you appear to be under the influence. Evidence used against you may include:
- Slurred speech
- Erratic driving
- Drugs in the vehicle
- An admission to having used drugs
- Poor performance on a field sobriety test
It’s not just illegal substances that can lead to a driving under the influence charge. Over-the-counter and prescription medication use can also lead to a DUI-Less-Safe charge.
DUID in Combination
This charge is used when a prosecutor believes that drugs have been used in combination with alcohol or inhalants. For example, an officer may conduct a traffic stop and locate an open container of alcohol in the vehicle along with a recently extinguished marijuana cigarette. The officer would relay this to the prosecutor post-arrest and the charge may be DUID in combination.
In most cases, any DUID charge is a misdemeanor. Though misdemeanors are often thought of as less severe than felonies, they can have just as serious consequences in your life. That is why it is important for anyone charged with a DUI in Georgia to consult with an experienced DUI attorney.
If you have been arrested for any kind of DUI in Atlanta, our attorneys are here for you. Call our office today to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation. We will review the details of your arrest and advise you of your legal options. We are ready to mount a strong defense and help you mitigate the possible penalties that can be in your future.