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  • Have you been arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs? 

    • The Law:

      • In Arizona, it is unlawful for a person to drive or be in actual physical control of a vehicle in this state while there is any drug defined in A.R.S. 13-3401 or its metabolite in the person's body. [ARS 28-1381(A)(3)]

      • It is not a defense to a charge of driving while impaired by drugs [28-1381(A)(1)] that you were taking the drugs lawfully with a prescription from your doctor.

      • A person using a drug prescribed by a doctor or other appropriate medical practitioner  is not guilty of violation of 28-1381(A)(3).

  • What does it mean? 

    • If you are arrested for driving on drugs, you face some extremely serious consequences. 

      • If convicted, your driver license will be suspended for 1 year.

      • You will be required to pay fines, administrative courts costs, jail fees, substance abuse and counseling fees. 

      • You car insurance rates will most likely increase or you could be dropped by your insurance company.

      •   You will have a criminal record.

  • Does the state have to prove impairment? 

    • NO! If you have been using illegal drugs, you know, marijuana, cocaine, meth . . . . the state DOES NOT have to prove any impairment.  If you are driving and the state can prove you have an illegal drug in your body either through a blood or urine test you most likely will be found GUILTY.

  • What happens to my driver license? 

    • Your driver license or privilege to drive in Arizona will be suspended for 1 year.

  • What are the penalties? 

    • 10 consecutive days in jail.  The court can suspend 9 days, in its discretion, if you agree to a substance abuse evaluation and treatment as recommended.

    • $250 fine plus surcharges. (80%)

    • Community service may be required.

    • A period of unsupervised or supervised probation.

    • 12 month suspension of your driver license or Arizona driving privilege.

  • What do I do next?

    • Consult with and hire an experienced DUI defense attorney.  There may be legal and factual defenses in your case which could lead to the charges being reduced or dismissed.

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