Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

Possession of Narcotics Does Not Prove Driving Impairment in South Carolina

If you have been arrested on charges of driving under the influence of illegal drugs, it is important for you to work closely with an attorney who will stand hard and fast in support of your constitutional rights in all aspects of your case.

In the face of a drug-related DUI arrest, you should seek aggressive counsel and representation from a criminal defense lawyer. Your attorney should be prepared to firmly remind the prosecution of the state's obligation to prove the charges against you beyond a reasonable doubt.

In other words, just because a prosecutor charges you with possession of illegal substances — and you were at the wheel of a vehicle at the time of your arrest — this is not sufficient evidence to convict you of driving while impaired. Even if your blood tests positive for the drug in question, the prosecution must prove that the level of the drug was enough to cause impairment. This principle applies regardless of whether street drugs, marijuana, prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications are in question.

Our Charleston-area attorneys have extensive training and experience working with drug recognition experts (DREs) who test people for drug impairment. We are able to identify and articulate the apparent flaws in a DRE's evaluation, as only a trained and experienced defense lawyer can do. The attorneys at our firm have helped many clients in the Charleston area and throughout the state fight some of the toughest drug-related DUI cases you can face.

Successful Defense Arguments in DUI Drug Cases

Defenses in cases we have handled have included such issues as the following:

  • The DRE evaluation was flawed.
  • The amount of a drug in a person's body could not be properly quantified.
  • Prejudicial, unsubstantiated evidence that does not have a clear correlation to the charges should be suppressed.
  • Some people taking Ambien have been found driving while still asleep! The drug triggered sleepwalking of an extreme variety — and defendants could not be held responsible.
  • People have accidentally ingested substances that they did not intend to and were not aware of.

Our attorneys address every case's unique set of facts. They are ready to investigate and discover the key to your defense after an arrest on charges of driving under the influence of drugs.

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Were you arrested on suspicion of DUI after taking a prescription drug? DUI lawyers at Drennan Law Firm handle tough DUI cases. Make the phone call or send the email needed to get your discussion with our attorneys underway. Protect your clean record and your future. Contact Drennan Law Firm today.