DUI with Cocaine? We can help.
Driving under the influence is a serious crime, but you don’t have to be drunk to be charged with a DUI. Even if you blow a 0.0 BAC, if you’re suspected of driving under the influence of any mind-altering substance, you will face serious consequences.
In the eyes of the law, driving under the influence of drugs like cocaine can be just as serious, if not more so, than driving under the influence of alcohol. If you are charged with a DUI for cocaine, get in touch with an experienced Maryland DUI lawyer for immediate help.
The Effects of Cocaine on Your Driving
When you ingest cocaine, no matter the form, the effects will drastically alter your behavior. In short, part of what cocaine does is halt the normal recycling of dopamine in your brain, which leads to feelings of euphoria.
In addition to a euphoric effect, cocaine can also reduce appetite, increase alertness, and cause fatigue. It can also trigger paranoia, irritability, anxiety, and aggression as well as delusions, hallucinations, and confusion.
Behind the wheel of a car, you may be more likely to make rash decisions, try risky maneuvers, and hyper-focus on a task or thought not related to driving.
Drug Recognition Experts Required for a Lawful Charge
If you don’t consent to a blood test following your arrest, there’s little that law enforcement can do to prove you were driving under the influence of cocaine. To determine intoxication from a drug at the scene of your arrest, a drug recognition expert is required to assess you.
Police officers who are not certified as drug recognition experts, will not be able to prove you were intoxicated at the time of your arrest, which can be very important for your Maryland Cocaine DUI case. That being said, if the officer who pulls you over has probable cause to search your vehicle, they will, and this can result in possession charges in conjunction with driving-related charges.
Are You Facing a Cocaine DUI in Maryland?
If you’ve been charged with a DUI in Maryland, call on Albers & Associates. Facing any type of DUI charges can spell disaster for your future.
Contact us today for a free consultation to determine what you need to do next.
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.