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Savannah DUI Drugs Attorneys

Many people are surprised to realize that the law on Driving Under the Influence not only applies to alcohol, but also applies to drugs.  No matter what substance influences you, from beer to wine to marijuana or prescription drugs, you can be found guilty of drunk driving in Georgia as long as your normal faculties are impaired.

DUI drug charges can involve many different substances:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Prescription anti-anxiety medications, like Klonopin or Valium
  • Prescription painkillers, like OxyContin or Vicodin
  • Prescription anti-addiction drugs, like Suboxone or Methadone

A conviction for DUID carries the same driver’s license penalties as an alcohol based drunk driving conviction.  You may also face separate criminal charges such as possession of drugs.

The attorneys at Jarrett Maillet J.D., P.C. are experienced DUI drug defense attorneys and know what accused drivers can expect in Georgia courts.  While no two cases are exactly the same, we have handled many DUI cases and know what strategies work to protect people facing criminal charges related to DUI and drugs.  We provide aggressive, effective criminal defense to clients throughout Georgia who have been charged with DUI drugs.

Georgia Law Regarding DUI and Drugs

  • First and second time offenses are misdemeanors, punishable by up to one year in jail, fines up to $1,000, community service, alcohol education classes, license suspension and possible probation.
  • Third time and subsequent offenses may be charged as a felony. Penalties include up to $5,000 in fines, up to five years in prison, community service and alcohol education classes.
  • Under Georgia’s “implied consent” laws, you are required to take a blood or breath test. Refusal to do so will result in police immediately taking your driver’s license.  Your license suspension may last for one year or longer, depending on your number of prior refusals.

In alcohol based drunk driving arrests, the driver will be given the option of taking a blood or breath test.  However, a breath test does not reveal the presence of drugs in the driver’s blood.  For that reason, if the officer suspects that you are impaired because of drug consumption, you will be required to take a blood test.  As in all impaired driving cases, you have the right to refuse to take a blood test.  However, it is nearly always in your best interest to agree to take a chemical test, because the consequences regarding your driver’s license are so much more severe, simply for refusing the test.  Also, a refusal to take either test may be used as evidence of guilt in the court case against you.

Because there is no established limit for how much drugs you may have in your blood while driving, a DUI drugs case usually depends on the use of other evidence to convict you.  The other evidence that the prosecutor will need includes evidence of impairment.  This usually takes the form of the officer’s observations of your physical appearance, disoriented behavior, bad driving, poor performance on the roadside tests, or incriminating statements that you make.

The experienced DUI attorneys at Jarrett Maillet J.D., P.C. are here to help you know and understand your rights and the charges you may be facing.  If you have been arrested for DUI Drugs, it is important that you first speak to a DUI attorney that can offer advice.  Call our office today at 912-713-3426 for a free consultation about your alleged DUI drugs offense.  Our experienced attorneys will challenge the prosecution on issues involving the accuracy and reliability of blood and urine chemical tests, including how the tests were administered and whether mistakes were made in the Georgia police crime labs.  Contact us today.