Have you been charged with driving under the influence of drugs in Tucson? Have you spoken with a qualified drug DUI lawyer in Pima County?
You can be convicted of DUI in Arizona if caught driving while impaired to the slightest degree or with traceable drug metabolites found in your bodily fluids. A drug DUI conviction has serious consequences including mandatory jail time, significant fines, and loss of your driving privileges. An experienced Tucson drug DUI lawyer may be able to lessen the consequences by conducting a thorough examination of your case and by providing an aggressive defense.
Tucson Arizona Drug DUI Lawyers
The statutes that criminalize driving under the influence of drugs in Arizona are A.R.S. 28-1381(A)(1) and A.R.S. 28-1381(A)
A.R.S. 28-1381(A)(1) states that it is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, any drug, a vapor releasing substance containing a toxic substance or any combination of liquor, drugs or vapor releasing substances if the person is impaired to the slightest degree.
A.R.S. 28-1381(A) states that it is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle while there is any drug defined in section 13-3401 or its metabolite in the person’s body. Drugs defined under section 13-3401 include most drugs that are illegal to possess.
Arizona has a zero-tolerance policy regarding drug DUIs. If you have been pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any other controlled substance, and you later test positive for illegal drugs, you may be charged with a drug DUI offense. Since only the mere presence of drug metabolites are necessary for a drug DUI charge in Tucson, it’s possible to be charged with a drug DUI, pot DUI, or metabolite DUI well after the effects of the drug have worn off.
Medical Marijuana DUI in Tucson
A.R.S §28-1381 A(3) states that it is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle “while there is any drug defined in A.R.S § 13-3401 or its metabolite in the person’s body.” Marijuana is a drug defined under A.R.S § 13-3401. Prescription drug users are exempt from the statute. However, under current Arizona medical marijuana law, a medical professional can only write a recommendation and not a prescription for marijuana. As a result, medical marijuana patients may be convicted of drug DUI simply by having marijuana metabolites in their system which can remain weeks after use.
Regardless of whether the Arizona courts reverse their decision drug metabolites and DUI, you may still be charged with a drug dui in Tucson if you are found to have operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of any drug while impaired to the slightest degree.
Given the penalties for driving under the influence of drugs in Tucson are so severe, it’s important to have an experienced Tucson criminal defense lawyer on your side. Our dedicated criminal defense and dui lawyers in Tucson are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your questions. (520) 355-4887