When we hear about DUI charges – Driving Under the Influence – our minds often immediately go to the influence of alcohol. We might assume all DUI crimes involve alcohol, but the truth is that drugs can also cause a driver to be “under the influence.”
Higher Death Toll for Drugged Driving
The Governors Highway Safety Association recently conducted a study showing that drugs were more prevalent than alcohol found in the systems of drivers who were killed in motor vehicle accidents. Out of the drivers killed in car crashes, 44 percent were found to have had legal or illegal drugs in their systems. On the other hand, 37 percent of these drivers had consumed alcohol above the legal limit.
The drug most commonly found in these drivers’ systems was marijuana, but opioids were also frequently found.
A Dangerous Combination
The Governors Highway Safety Association is unsurprisingly concerned with this rise of driving under the influence of drugs. “The fact that we are finding drugs in these systems more than alcohol is really raising some alarm bells,” said spokesperson Kara Macek.
The Association seeks to spread the message that driving after drug use is dangerous.
DWI enforcement squads around the Washington D.C. area frequently pull over drivers who are later determined to be impaired due to drug use.
The Importance of Expert Advice
It is never a good idea to get behind a wheel if you are intoxicated from alcohol or drugs – whether legal or illegal. However, mistakes happen in life and people find themselves in unfortunate circumstances all the time. If you have been charged with a DUI in the Washington, D.C. area, it is important to contact an experienced local lawyer to represent you in your case as soon as possible.
It is vital to make this appointment as quickly as possible so your attorney can review your case, gather facts, and interview potential witnesses before memories of the incident might have lapsed. Your lawyer can also help you contest any DMV infractions you may be facing.
Our expert criminal defense team at Lotze Mosley, LLP have the skills and experience you need to help you fight for justice on your DUI charge. We will help you to understand your case, and work as a team to figure out the best plan of action. We invite you to call us today to schedule a consultation to evaluate your case and start to build a strong defense. Contact Lotze Mosley, LLP at (202) 393-0535.