In most cases, the terms "driving under the influence" or "DUI" are usually associated with the consumption of alcohol. It is true that most DUI charges and convictions are against those who recklessly attempt to operate a motor vehicle while drunk, but a person can also be arrested for driving under the influence of any type of illegal substance. When a police officer pulls someone over under suspicion of DUI, they could ask the suspect to take a drug test in order to prove their intoxication. In the case of illegal drugs, a urine test will show the presence of drug metabolites in the person's system. Drug metabolites are created when the liver breaks down drugs in order to render them harmless, and are evident in a person's urine when a drug test is administered.


According to the A.R.S. §28-1381, anyone who drives under the influence "while there is any drug defined in §13-3401 or its metabolite in the person's body" is guilt of DUI. Such drugs include marijuana (including medical marijuana), narcotic drugs, dangerous drugs and prescription medications. Even if the drug was prescribed by a licensed physician, it is still illegal to drive while you are affected by the drug. So, even when you use a medication that has been prescribed by a doctor, be sure that you review any possible side-effects and avoid operating a vehicle until the effects have passed.


Looking for a drug attorney in Phoenix? Anyone who has been charged with drugged driving must retain a Phoenix drug defense attorney immediately in order to have the highest chance of successful defense. There are several different defense strategies that could be employed in case of DUI charges. Police officers must follow strict procedures in order to make a legal arrest, so consult with a drugged driving lawyer to find out if there may have been any police misconduct. Also, you may have been driving under the influence due to the fact that your physician did not disclose necessary information regarding the effects of your medication. This can also be used in your defense. To find out if you have a case, consult with a Phoenix drugged driving lawyer from MayesTelles PLLC for free by calling our offices of by completing our online case evaluation.


Each lawyer at MayesTelles PLLC is dedicated to helping each client fight for their freedom. We understand the severity of your situation and will stop at nothing to defend you from a false conviction. Our legal team has extensive experience in trial cases and prosecution and could use their vast knowledge and acquired skills to fight for you. Looking for a drug lawyer in Phoenix? You need an experienced drug lawyer by your side. Find out more by scheduling your free initial consultation right away. The longer you wait, the worse your chances of success become, so contact MayesTelles PLLC today!

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