Alcohol isn’t the only substance that can get you accused of driving under the influence. There are a number of other chemical substances that can impair your ability to drive safely, including both illegal narcotics and legal over-the-counter or prescription drugs.
If you have been pulled over and arrested for a DUI with drugs (DUID), you should waste no time in contacting an experienced attorney as soon as possible. The highly qualified Cincinnati DUID defense lawyers at Patituce & Associates are standing by to offer you the immediate help you need to defend your rights, freedom, and driving privileges.
Contact us today at 513-657-2440 to discuss your case and legal options.
Driving Under the Influence of Legal Drugs
Most people are aware that it is both unsafe and highly illegal to drive under the influence of illegal narcotics like marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and other hard drugs, but did you know that certain legal and widely available medicines can hinder your ability to drive?
We’ve handled cases involving:
- Sedatives and sleeping pills
- Pain medications
- Cough medicines
Although they are legal, these medications can cause drowsiness and other forms of impairment. There are plenty of defenses that may apply to these types of cases, however, so it is important to discuss the details of your case with an experienced Cincinnati criminal defense attorney.
Our DUID defense lawyers will determine the best defense option for you and fight for a reduction or dismissal of your drugged driving charges.
What Are the Prohibited OVI Drug Levels in Ohio?
Ohio law prohibits you from operating a motor vehicle if you have too much of a drug in your blood or urine. You may be arrested if the level of drugs in your system exceeds the following DUID limits in Ohio.
- Amphetamine: 100 nanograms of amphetamine per milliliter of blood or 500 nanograms of amphetamine per milliliter of urine
- Cocaine: 50 nanograms of cocaine per blood milliliter or 150 nanograms of cocaine per urine milliliter
- Heroin: 50 nanograms of heroin in the blood or 150 nanograms of heroin in the urine
- LSD: 10 nanograms of LSD in the blood or 25 nanograms of LSD in the urine
- Marijuana: 10 nanograms of marijuana in the urine or two nanograms of marijuana in the blood
Penalties for Drugged Driving in Ohio
A conviction for driving under the influence of drugs comes with serious penalties in Ohio. These include up to 180 days in jail, a fine of up to $1,075, mandatory enrollment in a drug and alcohol awareness program, a driver’s license suspension, drug testing, and more for a first offense. Penalties for subsequent violations are even more harshly punished.
Contact Our Cincinnati DUID Defense Lawyers Today!
A skilled DUI defense attorney in Cincinnati, OH from Patituce & Associates can protect you by exposing weaknesses in the prosecution’s case against you, such as revealing a problem with your drug test, proving that you were using your valid prescription properly, or showing that you were unlawfully stopped by law enforcement.
Remember, you are innocent until proven guilty – just because you have been accused does not mean that there is no hope for a positive outcome. Our experienced firm has successfully handled countless DUI cases involving all circumstances and achieved favorable results in even the most complex cases.
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