Posted on August 31, 2017
Alcohol impairment is generally the first thought that comes to mind when people think of a DUI. What many people fail to consider is the numerous other substances which can result in a drug-related DUI. In Louisiana, these DUIs lead to similar consequences such as financial hardships, revoked license privileges, and possible jail time. If you or a loved one has been affected by a drug-related DUI, it is critical that you know your rights, possible ramifications, and are able to find a competent lawyer you can trust.
What Is a Drug-Related DUI/DWI?
Not only does a drug-related DUI create legal complications, this crime can also result in serious injury or death. In Louisiana, the terms DUI and DWI are used interchangeably to describe a crime committed by a person operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A person can be charged with a drug-related DUI if they have illicit drugs or even prescription medications in their system.
Understanding Implied Consent
If you live in Louisiana, it is important to understand the laws surrounding implied consent. Choosing to drive on Louisiana highways and roads implies that you have given law enforcement the ability to perform blood, urine, and breathalyzer tests as long as they have reasonable suspicion to believe that you were under the influence while operating the vehicle. This law also applies to any person operating a boat.
Penalties for a First-Offense Drug-Related DUI
Even if you have never gotten a DUI before, the consequences of your first drug-related DUI could be very serious. If a driver is found to have controlled substances in their system while driving, they could face $1000 of fines, a jail sentence of up to six months, and/or a 90 day license suspension. Lawyers who are experienced with Louisiana DUI laws can help reduce or diminish these repercussions through careful examination and extensive knowledge in the field.
Consequences for Multiple Offenders
Under Louisiana state law, even if a past DUI was alcohol-related, a subsequent drug-related DUI will still be considered a repeat offense. If you receive two DUIs within a period of five years, you will receive a mandatory 48 hour imprisonment with a possibility for a longer jail sentence. A one-year license suspension and thousands of dollars in fines could also occur. Three DUIs in 10 years is considered to be a felony and results in 30 days to five years of jail time along with heavy fines.
To avoid or reduce these charges, contact us to help you with your alcohol or drug-related DUI cases. With years of extensive experience and knowledge in the field, we are here to make sure the law is on your side. We will work hard to grant you the justice you deserve in cases of sobriety testing malpractice, faulty procedures, issues regarding search and seizure laws, and more.