A drug-related DWI charge can threaten you with licenses suspension, license revocation, and even jail time. If convicted, you may also have to pay a fine, and your resulting criminal record may cause you to lose your employment. For these reasons, it’s imperative that you know the law and how it applies to your set of circumstances.
Common DWI misconceptions
There are a lot of false beliefs out there about DWI charges. For example, a lot of people think that it’s limited to drunk driving. This isn’t the case. Those who are under the influence of a drug can be charged with a criminal offense, too. This even includes those who appear intoxicated due to their legally prescribed medication, such as Xanax, alprazolam, and Vicodin. Some people even experience what law enforcement may consider to be signs of intoxication after taking something like cough syrup or NyQuil.
How can you defend yourself?
Depending on the facts of your case, you may have a number of criminal defense options at your disposal. You may be able to argue that the traffic stop that led to your arrest was illegally conducted, that field sobriety tests were improperly administered or the results were erroneously interpreted, or that chain of custody issues have compromised the results of a blood test. You may be able to attack the credibility of the prosecution’s witnesses and argue that any accident that may have occurred wasn’t caused by you.
Seek the legal guidance you need
Even if the evidence against you seems insurmountable, don’t give up. You may be able to find a favorable resolution to your case that protects your future and turns the chapter on this part of your life. An attorney who is experienced with drug-related DWI cases may be able to help you navigate your circumstances to do just that.