Orlando Drug Intoxication Lawyer

Drugged Driving Attorney Serving Orlando & the Surrounding Counties

You can be arrested and charged with drugged driving if operating your vehicle while impaired by any chemical substance, whether legal or illegal. Impairment occurs when your physical or mental faculties are diminished; this includes your motor skills, mental focus, reaction time, and ability to make judgment calls while in control of your vehicle.

If you have been arrested for a drug intoxication DUI, your first action should be to enlist the services of our experienced DUI lawyer at the Law Office of Guy H. Gilbert. With 27 years of experience defending drivers in all types of DUI cases, we have the legal understanding, skills, and trial work behind us that can make a significant difference in your situation. Our firm provides direct, one-on-one representation every step of the way; we know how deeply any DUI charge can impact your life, both in the short- and long-term. 

Discuss your DUI arrest with our attorney in a free case evaluation by contacting us online or at (321) 415-4104.

Drugged Driving in Florida

You may be charged with drugged driving when operating your vehicle after ingesting any type of drug. This includes not only illegal drugs — such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and more — but prescription and over-the-counter drugs as well. Many medicinal drugs, whether prescribed or not, can impair your ability to drive safely, including Valium, painkillers like Vicodin, antidepressants, and more. It also includes over-the-counter drugs for allergies, colds, flu, sleeping disorders, and more. 

Drugged driving charges in Florida are more difficult to prove than alcohol-related charges. Testing for drugs is done through the blood or urine, and no set limits have been legally determined under Florida law. In actuality, no conclusive way exists to assess the amount of drugs in your system. Not only is it difficult to determine the amount of drugs you took, but also how long ago you took it. Many drugs can remain in your system for days or weeks, making it impossible to prove that they caused you to later drive in an unsafe manner. Furthermore, your alleged impairment is based on law enforcement’s subjective assertions, which may be refuted under cross-examination.

Because of these complications, it is easier for your attorney to challenge DUI drug intoxication charges. However, if you are convicted, you will face the same penalties as those associated with alcohol-based charges. Penalties will depend on whether your arrest is a first, second, or subsequent one; whether your driving resulted in property damage, an injury, or death; and whether you were driving with a minor in your vehicle. 

Penalties may include:

  • Jail or prison time
  • Heavy fines
  • Community service hours
  • Probation
  • Substance abuse assessment followed by recommended treatment

A conviction will also result in a permanent criminal record that can be accessed through a background check. This can negatively impact your future employability, eligibility for housing, educational opportunities, professional licenses, and more. 

Because of the severe consequences associated with any type of DUI, you cannot afford to take a chance in court without skilled legal representation. At the Law Office of Guy H. Gilbert, you can work with an experienced lawyer who knows how to investigate, build, and aggressively present your case in court. 

Increase your chances of an optimum outcome when fighting drugged driving charges — connect with the Law Office of Guy H. Gilbert at (321) 415-4104 to book a free case review with our Orlando drug intoxication attorney.

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