In Arizona, total drug-related DUI arrests increased from 1,674 in 2010
to 2,961 in 2011 – a 44% increase in just one year! The percentage
of arrests for drug-related DUIs in AZ increased more than every other
DUI offense in Arizona, including aggravated DUI, misdemeanor DUI, extreme
DUI and juvenile DUI.
A law enforcement officer can pull you over if they have probable cause
to suspect you are
driving under the influence of a substance, including prescription drugs. Some examples of probable
cause include speeding, driving erratically, swerving between lanes, failure
to maintain speed, hitting parked cars, or driving on the wrong side of the road.
If you are arrested for a DUI in AZ, the officer will direct you to provide
a blood or urine sample, which will be used for a toxicology test. You
must comply with this direction, or you will have your license suspended
for one year under Arizona’s “implied consent” law,
even if your test results ultimately show no drugs or alcohol in your system.
The most common drugs associated with
prescription drug DUIs in AZ are anti-anxiety medications and sleep aids. The following prescription
medications are commonly associated with prescription drug DUIs.
If you have a valid prescription for one or more of these substances or
any another prescription drug, you may have a defense to a DUI charge,
even with less than perfect driving.
A prescription drug DUI can have a devastating effect on your future. You
need an experienced, aggressive attorney on your side. Contact Owens &