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What you should know about driving under the influence of drugs

In all 50 states, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while impaired in any way. As we all know, drunk driving charges mean driving while under the influence of alcohol, but you could also face a DUI charge by driving under the influence of drugs. This is the case with marijuana and other illegal drugs as well as prescription medication.

The bad news is that many drugs remain detectable in blood or urine for some time after ingestion. For example, marijuana remains detectable for weeks after it is used and even cocaine, which exits the system faster, can be detected for a day or two. As such, a person could be charged with DUI even if they have not used drugs for days or weeks.

There is good news as well. Because of the difficulty identifying whether a person has just consumed drugs or whether they used drugs at an earlier time, it can be challenging to prosecute a defendant on drugged driving charges. A DUI article posted on FindLaw cites the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as stating that current drug knowledge is not yet adequate to identify "dosage limits that are related to elevated crash risk."

With that said, South Carolina residents could still be prosecuted for drugged driving. The risk of conviction increases for defendants who do not have proper legal representation. The prosecution is tasked with providing enough evidence to warrant a conviction. A skilled defense attorney knows how to look at the evidence presented and build a defense strong enough to overcome this evidence.

If you are facing drugged or drunk driving charges in the Charleston area, you need to understand the law and the technology prosecutors rely on to make a case. Continue exploring our legal website for more information.

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