In Tampa Florida you can be arrested and charged with DUI if you’re under the influence of a prescription drug or an illegal drug.
That means that you can be arrested and charged and convicted of a DUI without even drinking a sip of alcohol.
Florida will allow a conviction to take place if you are normal faculties are impaired as a result any illegal substance.
The reality is that drugged driving cases are an entirely different animal than your standard alcohol-based DUIs. They can be difficult for the prosecutor to deal with. A good drunk driving DUI attorney in Tampa will be able to leverage the flaws in the case of the prosecutor to keep them from getting a conviction.
Tampa Prescription or Illegal drug DUI Attorney
Denmon Pearlman DUI attorneys are some of the strongest in the state when dealing with prescription drug DUI defenses.
- Nicole Denmon served on the vehicle homicide squad as a state attorney.
- Lee Pearlman is a former state attorney whose intense trial experience has led to him being a faculty member at the local law school where he teaches the future prosecuting attorneys how to prosecute DUI cases.
Denman Pearlman offers free consultations over the phone or in person to those arrested and facing illegal DUI charges in Tampa.
Information About Drugged Driving
What is a Prescription Drug DUI?
In Florida a driver is guilty of a drug driving DUI if their normal faculties are impaired while they are driving. Normal faculties include the ability to walk, talk, judge distances, see the light.
The means in any substance that could impede your ability to complete any of these regular tasks could lead to a DUI charge.
The most common substances that we see in drug driving places include:
- prescription drugs including Valium, Xanax, hydrocodone, oxycodone, tramadol and the like.
Interestingly you can have a prescription or illegal drug DUI charge in Tampa even if you have a valid prescription for the medication.
The Nuts and Bolts of a DUI Drug Driving Charge in Tampa Florida
An officer working for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office pulls over a driver on State Road 60. The driver was traveling in a normal rate of speed but leaving inside the lines at least according to the officer.
The officer gets out and approaches the driver the vehicle. According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff officer the driver the vehicle has glassy eyes, slurred speech, and otherwise looks like they might be impaired.
The officer then gets on the horn and calls for a specialized Tampa Police Department cop who conducts drug driving investigations.
That cop comes and completes an investigation. That cop arrested the driver. When the cop brings the driver to the Orient County jail the cop gives the driver the opportunity to submit to a urine test. The driver submits the urine test or does not.
The results of a urine test if taken will be sent from the Hillsborough County state attorney to a lab in Tallahassee to evaluate. That lab will look to see if there are controlled substances in the urine. Also, that lab will look to see if there are controlled substance metabolites or breakdowns in the urine.
Once the results are back the Tampa drugged driving attorney will consider hiring a forensic toxicologist as an expert to help explain whether the results of the urine test show if the driver was driving under the influence of controlled substances on the day in question.
The state attorney may hire their own forensic toxicologist as well. Thus, drug driving DUI cases can turn into a battle of the experts.
Drugged Driving Defenses in Tampa Case
Driving Under the Influence of Controlled Substance cases have some excellent defenses that can help win the day for the drugged driving DUI attorney. These include:
- That anything that shows up in the urine is not a marker of what was affecting an individual at the time of driving but rather a marker of what was once in the system and is now been excreted.
- False positives in the urine.
- That the collection procedure of the sample of urine was not fouled at the police station at the time of the arrest.
- That procedures were not followed in submitting the urine sample to the lab for review.
If you been arrested for drug related Tampa DUI charge, then contact the dui attorneys at Denmon Pearlman. Our attorneys have the experience inside and outside the courtroom to help get your case dismissed and won.