AZ Criminal Defense Group, PLLC – Drug DUI Page – DUI Lawyers in Phoenix

The use of controlled substances and certain prescription drugs can have devastating consequences if such conduct is mixed with driving. Overall, drugs do not always have the same effect on every individual.  Some people may drive while under the influence of muscle relaxers or pain medication and not experience any sensation of being impaired. However, another individual may take the same medication and be very impaired behind the wheel.

Arizona Drug DUI cases can be difficult mostly because Arizona law does not provide many defenses to a Drug DUI charge. The Phoenix DUI Defense Attorneys of AZ Criminal Defense Group, PLLC understand how much is at stake for your future, and we thoroughly evaluate each and every criminal charge to formulate a plan of action to either dismiss the Drug DUI charge, or reach a fair resolution from negotiating with the charging prosecutor.

DUIs Involving Drugs Have Same Effect as DUIs Involving Alcohol

The Arizona statute that governs DUI charges in Arizona treats both Drug DUIs and Alcohol DUIs the same. Arizona law does not distinguish between alcohol, vapors, illegal drugs, and prescription drugs if all of the substances have even the slightest potential to impair driving. Further, proving that you have a prescription for a particular drug is not sufficient to get a DUI charge dismissed.  Drugs within the scope of Arizona’s DUI law include, but are not limited to, the following illegal and prescription drugs:

  • Cocaine;
  • All forms of methamphetamine;
  • Marijuana;
  • Hallucinogenic substances such as mushrooms or peyote;
  • Heroin;
  • Hydrocodone and similar pain relievers; and
  • Alprazolam, Diazepam and similar anti-anxiety medications that contain barbituric acid or a derivative of barbituric acid.

Many people take prescription medication on a daily basis, and these people may have no idea that the prescription medication they are taking is a substance that is subject to Arizona’s DUI laws.  For this reason, it is extremely important that you seek the assistance of a qualified Phoenix DUI Defense Attorney who can determine if the prescription drug you took is one that could result in a DUI conviction under Arizona law.

It may not seem fair that Arizona’s DUI laws are so strict when it comes to prescription medications, but this is just a part of living in Arizona.  The intent of having such strict DUI laws is to stop the number of accidents and fatalities that result from driving under the influence, and this is good for the safety and welfare of Arizona residents.  However, with harsh laws comes harsh treatment even if the facts of your individual Drug DUI charge reveal that you were not impaired from taking your prescribed medication, and that you posed no risk to the safety and welfare of others.  This is all the more reason to speak with a Phoenix Drug DUI Defense Attorney as soon as possible.

Contact the Phoenix Drug DUI Defense Attorneys of AZ Criminal Defense Group, PLLC Today

Driving under the influence of drugs, whether the drug is prescription or not, can be just as serious, or even more serious than driving under the influence of alcohol.  It has not been widely known that driving under the influence applies to a variety of substances in addition to alcohol.  If you or a loved one has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs, it is essential that you speak with a Phoenix DUI Defense Attorney right away. At AZ Criminal Defense Group, PLLC, our seasoned Phoenix DUI Defense Attorneys have helped clients charged with a variety of DUI offenses, and are available to provide you with the same dedicated legal representation. AZ Criminal Defense Group, PLLC is available 24/7 to provide advice and guidance through a stressful and frightening time.  Call us today at (623) 777-2058 to schedule an initial consultation.