The issue of driving while drugged is usually given less attention than that of driving while under the influence of alcohol. However, those who drive after ingesting drugs can get themselves into the same type of trouble as those who drink and drive. If charged with driving under the influence of drugs, they will need superior legal representation, the type available from an experienced and specially trained Baltimore County, Maryland DUI attorney.
Understanding the Laws of Maryland
Maryland law prohibits a person from operating a vehicle while impaired by a drug, by a combination of drugs, or by a combination of alcohol and drugs. The rules law extend extends to both illegal and legal legally prescribed drugs, and (even to over-the-counter products drugs that can affect a person’s abilities or judgment).
The Consequences of Driving While Drugged Under the Influence of Drugs
A person driver who is charged with and convicted of driving while under the influence of drugs can face the same consequences as those who are prosecuted for driving while under the influence of alcohol. A first-time conviction of driving while under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance carries a maximum penalty of up to one year of incarceration and/or a $1,000 fine. Additionally, someone convicted of driving while under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance could receive 12 points on his or her driver record – which mean an automatic revocation of one’s driving privileges. Subsequent convictions can result in even more harsh penalties.
What to do When Charged
Those who are suspected of driving while under the influence of drugs may be asked to take a blood test that can detect the presence of drugs in a person’s system. A Baltimore County, Maryland DUI attorney may be able to challenge the test or the stop that led to the charge, or may be able to take steps to reduce the penalty if convicted.
This is why anyone charged with driving while under the influence of drugs should consider turning to The Law Office of Stephen P. Shepard, LLC.