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Drugged Driving: How Defenses Differ From Drunk Driving Cases

Driving under the influence of drugs is treated just as seriously in Florida as drunk driving charges – whether you are accused of being under the influence of nonprescription drugs, prescription drugs, marijuana or something else.

If you are facing drugged driving charges in Jacksonville, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer like the one at Janet E. Johnson, P.A. Attorney Johnson has been recognized as a Top Lawyer in the Global Directory of Who’s Who, honored as one of America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys and even featured in Fortune Magazine as a nationally prominent attorney – among other distinctions. She offers every client facing DUI charges an aggressive, committed defense.

How Are Drugged Driving Charges Different Than Drunk Driving Charges?

The biggest difference is that there is no “per se” limit in Florida for driving under the influence of drugs. With alcohol, you know that the closer you are to a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher, the more likely you may face DUI charges. Without that kind of rule for drugs, you can potentially face DUI charges for any amount of drugs in your system – even long after their psychoactive effects have worn off.

This creates both unique challenges and opportunities for a defense. A case may hinge on showing that the drugs in your system were no longer actively affecting your abilities.

If this is your first arrest for a drugged driving charge, you may also be eligible for a special diversion program that is aimed at reducing repeat cases of drugged driving. In exchange for things like participation in drug counseling, community service and other court-imposed requirements, you may be permitted to plead guilty to a traffic violation instead of facing the usual penalties for a DUI conviction.

Get Top-Notch Representation For Drunk And Drugged Driving Cases Now

When you need an attorney who understands what it takes for a successful outcome to your drugged or drunk driving case both inside and outside the courtroom, call Janet E. Johnson at 904-820-3455 or use the online contact form to schedule your free initial consultation.