Dui offenses can lead to serious consequences in any situation. Most people associate DUI with drunk driving, but DUI offenses can also result from driving under the influence of drugs. A growing trend in the U.S. is DUI caused by prescription drugs. And these laws do not just apply to prescription drug abuse; you can be arrested and charged with DUI for driving while under the influence of a medically necessary prescription drug. If you are facing charges for drug related DUI, contact a Seattle DUI defense attorney at The Law Offices of Steve Karimi right away.
Prescription drug cases are unique for several reasons. The good news is that this gives your Seattle DUI attorney several options for your defense. For example, depending on the type of drug, your lawyer could argue that the drug in question does not actually cause side effects that would affect your ability to drive. Unlike alcohol, there is no system in place for measuring the amount of a drug that it would take to cause driving impairment. Rather, any amount of a drug in your system can be used against you in a prescription drug related DUI case. Your Seattle DUI attorney can use this information to challenge your level of intoxication in front of a jury.
Just like alcohol DUI offenses, a Seattle drug DUI can result in serious penalties. A first time offender can still expect to face probation, community service, fines and fees, drug treatment classes, license suspension and more. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you could even see jail time. Hiring an experienced Seattle drug DUI defense lawyer is a great way to take control of your case. An experienced lawyer will know the best way to defend you and be able to advise you every step of the way.