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Drugged Driving

Phoenix Drugged Driving Attorney

Accused of Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID)?

While many people are aware that driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal, not many people think of the potential charges associated with driving under the influence of drugs, or "drugged driving." In Arizona, it is illegal to drive under the influence of any kind of drug or combination of drugs and alcohol. If you have been arrested for a drug-related DUI in Arizona, call our Phoenix drug DUI lawyers at MayesTelles.

When your future is on the line, we have your back. Give us a call at (602) 428-7104 for your FREE consultation. MayesTelles can put 100+ years of experience to work for you.

Understanding Arizona's Drugged Driving Laws

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, narcotic drugs, and prescription medications. Even if the drug was prescribed by a licensed physician, it is still illegal to drive under the influence if the medication has side-effects that impair a person's ability to operate a vehicle.

DUI Drug Tests & Implied Consent

Arizona is an implied consent state, which means that anyone operating a motor vehicle has given their implied consent to submit to blood, breath, or urine testing if they are suspected of DUI.

If testing is refused, law enforcement officers may be able to obtain a warrant to force the person to submit to a test. This is important because the characteristics of drugged driving may not be as obvious as drunk driving; the latter includes the smell of alcohol, slurred speech, and can be detected in a breathalyzer.

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 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.

Penalties for DUID in Arizona

If you are charged with DUID, you should know the seriousness of the matter and what a conviction can mean. If you are convicted, multiple aspects of your life may be affected as a result.

A conviction for DUI of drugs can result in the following:

If you are arrested again, a second offense carries further, more extensive penalties. Aggravating factors can make the penalties even more severe. This includes drugged driving with a minor under the age of 15, drugged driving while driver’s license is suspended, or drugged driving while on probation. It is important to have someone who knows the courts in the area and can work to defend your rights.

Defending against Drugged Driving Charges

Anyone who has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs should retain the services of a drugged driving lawyer in Phoenix immediately in order to have the best chance of a successful defense. There are several different defense strategies that could be employed after a drug-related DUI arrest.

Police officers must follow strict procedures in order to make a legal arrest, so consult with a lawyer to find out if there may have been any 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. Call MayesTelles PLLC to learn more about your defense options.

Trust in 100+ Years of Legal Experience

With almost 200 years of combined legal experience, our team at MayesTelles PLLC is dedicated to providing individuals with the most effective representation possible in the face of drugged driving charges. Our firm consists of former prosecutors who know and understand the way in which these charges are handled. It is our goal to help you reduce your charges or even get them dismissed completely.

If you have been charged with drugged driving, our Phoenix DUID attorneys are here for you. Don’t hesitate to get the help you need today. Call us today at (602) 428-7104.

We've Won Thousands of Cases

  • Charges Reduced to Reckless Driving

    Client R.C. was stopped by Mesa Police for a civil traffic violation and later charged with DUI, Extreme DUI, and Super Extreme DUI in a justice court. During the course of their representation, MayesTelles attorneys discovered important inconsistencies in the police reports. When we presented these issues to the State, the prosecutor’s office agreed to drop all DUI charges.

  • Fatal Commercial Vehicle Accident

    MayesTelles Client A.F. and her husband tragically lost their unborn child as a result of the negligence of an individual operating a commercial vehicle in Yuma, Arizona. After substantial investigation including accident reconstruction and filing a lawsuit, the insurance company paid out the policy limits of $1,000,000.00.

  • 4 Counts of Aggravated DUI Dismissed

    Client M.W. was charged with 4 counts of Aggravated DUI in the Maricopa County Superior Court in July 2016 for allegedly riding a motorized bicycle under the influence. The attorneys at MayesTelles demanded that the State include certain materials in their presentation to the grand jury, resulting in the grand jury refusing to indict and the case being dismissed.

  • Client Charged with DUI

    Client, GS, charged with DUI - sentence was reduced to reckless driving.

  • Client Facing Assault Felony

    M.L. was charged with 1 count of Aggravated Assault, a class 3 dangerous felony. She plead guilty to Aggravated Assault, a class 6 undesignated felony, with a stipulation to 3 months of initial jail. She received credit for 32 days and the rest of the jail time was deferred. She was placed on 3 years of supervised probation. She has the opportunity to designate the offense a misdemeanor after successfully completing probation. Location: Maricopa County Superior Court

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    Our client, Ms. D., was charged with two counts of forgery - a class 4 Felony as well as theft - a class 2 Felony and also fraudulent schemes and artifices - a class 2 Felony. We were able to get her conviction reduced to a class 6 undesignated felony with the opportunity to reduce further to a misdemeanor. Location: Maricopa County Superior Court

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    Our client, T.C., was charged in Maricopa County Superior Court on July 8, 2015 with 1 count of Criminal Trespass, a class 6 felony, and 1 count Assault, a class 2 Misdemeanor. On September 9, 2015, after an 8-day jury trial, our client was found not guilty on both charges. Location: Maricopa County Superior Court

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    Our client, Ms. H., was charged with shoplifting - a class 1 misdemeanor. We were able to get her conviction set aside. Location: Phoenix Municipal Court

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    Our client, Mr. C., was charged with five counts of felony sex offenses, including two counts of Sex Conduct with a Minor and three counts of Molestation of a Child. We were able to get the case dismissed upon a successful Motion to Dismiss. Location: Maricopa County Superior Court

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    Our client, K.F., was charged with Disorderly Conduct, a class 1 misdemeanor. We were able to get this client's case dismissed. Location: Tempe Municipal Court

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    Our client, L.S., was charged on October 20, 2014 in Mesa for an assault, disorderly conduct, and criminal damage. MayesTelles PLLC was able to get those charges dismissed.

  • Client Facing Multiple Domestic Violence Offenses

    Our client, Ms. C., was facing charges of assault / domestic violence (class 1 misdemeanor), disorderly conduct / domestic violence (class 1 misdemeanor), and criminal damage / domestic violence (class 1 misdemeanor). We were able to get our client's case dismissed. Location: Mesa Municipal Court

  • Charged with Assault & Failure to Appear

    Our client, L.S., was charged in Phoenix on December 27, 2014 for assault and failure to appear. After completing diversion, our client's case was dismissed.

  • Multiple Felony Theft Offenses

    Our client, Mr. C., was charged with Theft of Means of Transportation (Class 3 Felony) and Trafficking in Stolen Property (Class 3 Felony). Both class 3 felonies have a possible sentencing range of 2 - 8.75 years in prison. We were able to get our client's charge reduced to a Class 1 Misdemeanor with no jail time. Location: Maricopa County Superior Court

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