DUI with Opiates? Know Your Rights.
Though most people associate DUIs with drunk driving, this is not always the case. Drivers can still be charged with a DUI even if they don’t have any alcohol in their system at all. DUI stands for “Driving under the Influence”, which means that you can be charged if the arresting officer can prove that you are intoxicated, no matter the substance.
If you are facing Opiate DUI charges, then you need a Maryland DUI attorney on your side who understands the implications of your case, and the intricacies of DUI arrests.
Opiates Greatly Affect Your Ability to Drive
Opioids, also known as narcotics, are “depressants” which means they slow down the activity of your central nervous system. Common opioids include prescription painkillers like codeine, hydrocodone, morphine, oxycodone, hydromorphone, fentanyl, and heroin.
In terms of your driving, this can lead to drowsiness, difficulty handling more than one task at a time, a lack of concentration, slower reaction times, and problems processing information clearly.
What to Do if Charged with an Opiate DUI in Maryland
Driving while under the influence of drugs, puts you and the people around you at risk of serious bodily harm and even death. The penalties for being caught in the act reflect the seriousness of the circumstances. If charged with a DUI while under the influence of opiates, it is best to contact a specialized Maryland DUI lawyer with experience in opiate DUI cases.
The Role of a Drug Recognition Expert on Drug DUIs
When you are pulled over by a police officer for reckless or suspicious driving, they may have reason to believe you are under the influence depending on your behavior. However, even if you pass a breathalyzer test, there may still be cause for suspicion on the part of the arresting officer.
In this case, they may call on the aid of a drug recognition expert to assess you. Without a drug recognition expert, the arresting officer will not be able to prove you were driving under the influence of drugs. This is an important detail you need to remember and relay to your Maryland non-alcohol related DUI lawyer.
Albers & Associates Can Help You
When you are charged with a DUI, no matter the substance, the future may look dim. However, you have resources at your disposal to improve your circumstances and fight for your right to a fair trial.
Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your specific case.
Will I Lose My License?
You might. Depending on the type of license you have and whether or not you are convicted, your license may be suspended or even revoked depending on the circumstances of your charges. However, even being charged with a DUI can result in the suspension of your license, which can affect your life substantially.
Will I Lose My Job?
It depends on your job. At the time of your arrest, the police officer will confiscate your license and provide you with a paper license that you can use until your MVA Hearing. However, for people who hold commercial driver’s licenses, also known as CDLs, this will not replace the license you need to do your job. So, until the charges are cleared, you will not be able to work. Getting on the phone with a lawyer as soon as humanly possible is essential for your continued employment.
Am I Going to Jail?
You might. If you are found guilty of a DUI, particularly if this is your second or third offense, you may face jail time. One possible outcome of DUI court proceedings, a Probation Before Judgment, can be sought. If you are able to secure a PBJ, you will be able to avoid going to jail.