Have you been charged with driving under the influence of drugs in Glendale Arizona?  Have you spoken with an experienced Glendale drug DUI lawyer?

DUI laws in Arizona are some of the most severe in the nation.  Although most DUI charges are related to drinking and driving, you may be arrested for drug DUI in Arizona if you operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of any type of illegal substance.  In addition, you may be found guilty of DUI if you operated a motor vehicle under the influence of prescription medication, if you were impaired at the time of driving.   A.R.S. §28-1381 states as follows:

  1. It is unlawful for a person to drive or be in actual physical control of a vehicle in this state under any of the following circumstances:
  2. 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.
  3. 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 marijuana (including medical marijuana), narcotic drugs, dangerous drugs, and prescription medications.

Arizona has a zero tolerance policy regarding drug DUIs.  If you are pulled over for suspicion of DUI an officer can ask you to take a blood test to determine whether you are intoxicated.  If your blood test reveals drug metabolites you may be charged with a drug related DUI.  Drug metabolites are left behind when the liver breaks down the drug, and some drugs can remain in your system well after the effects of the drug have worn off.  Therefore, currently in Arizona you can be convicted of driving under the influence of drugs even if you were not impaired by the drugs at the time of driving.

Drug DUI Penalties

A drug DUI is a Class 1 Misdemeanor that carries with it a potential sentence of up to six months in jail, probation up to 5 years, alcohol or drug screening and treatment, and fines up to $2,500.  Additionally, the MVD will suspend your license for a period of one year without the ability to obtain a restricted permit.  The minimum sentence for driving under the influence of drugs in Arizona is ten days of jail, but nine of those ten days can be suspended upon completion of drug screening and treatment.