Utah statute, it is illegal to drive with any amount of a controlled substance in your system, even a legally prescribed medication. There must be thousands of drivers on the road at any given time with traces of painkillers, sedatives and antidepressants in their bloodstream. That doesn't mean they are impaired.
But the reality is that you got pulled over and you are charged with the serious offense of driving under the influence of a metabolite. You need experienced legal representation to challenge the basis for the DUI charges: the traffic stop, the toxicology results and the conclusion that you were unable to safely operate your vehicle.
The law firm of Greg S. Law, PLLC, offers aggressive DUI defense in the Salt Lake City area and through Utah. Our criminal defense lawyer will help you respond to your impaired driving arrest Learn more about what we can do to help you resolve these charges by calling or contacting us for a free initial consultation with an experienced Salt Lake City Drug DUI attorney.
Drug DUI Lawyer in Salt Lake City
You can be charged with DUI for a certain amount of alcohol in your bloodstream, but there is no corresponding threshold for drugs. There are two requirements in a metabolite DUI: the presence of a prescription drug in your system (Vicodin, OxyContin, Xanax, etc.) AND evidence that you were unable to safely operate your vehicle, based on the arresting officer's observations that you were impaired.
A valid prescription from a doctor is an affirmative defense, but that alone doesn't get you off the hook. We obtain the toxicology results from the blood test to show that the amount of medication in your system is within the therapeutic range — consistent with taking a pill as described by your doctor
Whether or not you have a prescription, we challenge the reason for the traffic stop, search and seizure protocols, administering of field sobriety tests and all facets of a DUI arrest. We also obtain the squad car video, if any, to contrast with the officer's report.
Contact a Salt Lake City Drug DUI Attorney Today
Call Greg S. Law, PLLC, at 801-428-1029 local or 888-784-3554 toll free.
We know that a DUI conviction has serious and lasting ramifications. If we do not succeed in dismissing or reducing the charges, we are prepared to defend you at trial.
To schedule a free consultation with one of our Salt Lake City drug DUI attorneys, call either of the numbers above or contact us with a brief e-mail message. We also accept major credit cards.
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