Arrested for DUI and Drug Charges? Call a Criminal Defense Attorney

Serving the State of Rhode Island including the Providence and Warren Areas

It is strictly illegal to operate a motor vehicle in Rhode Island if you have any amount of a scheduled controlled substance in your bloodstream. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs – sometimes called a DUI with drugs – you stand to face the same penalties as a DUI related to alcohol intoxication.

Penalties you could face if convicted of a DUI with drugs include:

  • Steep fines
  • Possible jail time
  • License suspension or revocation
  • Community service

Act fast and start defending yourself before things get out of hand by contacting dedicated DUI lawyers. Our firm’s Rhode Island DUI lawyers are known throughout the state for providing compassionate yet tenacious legal counsel at all times.

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Any Amount is Illegal

A person can legally drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level under 0.08%, so long as he or she does not create a dangerous driving situation for other motorists. However, if there is a single tenth of a percentage of a scheduled controlled substance in a person’s blood test, it is illegal and constitutes a DUI with drugs. This harsh method of determining illegality is largely due to the fact that it is not widely understood how a drug can affect someone’s driving ability in small amounts. To be “safe” about it, legislation has been drafted to make it outright illegal.

Many drugs are known to linger in a person’s system for days, despite having no active psychological impact any longer. The actual date of ingestion is irrelevant. If police detect any narcotic presence, they can make an arrest and file charges.

Dangerous Impairment is Prohibited

It is worth noting that it is illegal to drive while impaired by any substance, not just an illegal narcotic. A driver can be charged for a DUI with drugs if he or she only took over-the-counter or prescription medicine, but can no longer safely operate a vehicle. This is similar to a person receiving a DUI charge despite not being over the legal limit; safety takes priority over legal specifics.

Learn How We Can Protect Your Rights

The worst mistake you can make after being arrested for driving while impaired by drugs is not doing anything to defend yourself. Our Rhode Island criminal defense lawyers make it easy to learn your rights and discover your legal options by offering free case consultations to inquiring clients. Call 401.245.5100 to speak with us today before you are left without defense against in criminal justice system.