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Penalties for a Drug DUI in Arizona

Driving under the influence of alcohol or other such substances that impede your ability to function normally is a felony everywhere around the country. Even though alcohol has usually been the most commonly used substances in DUI arrests, law enforcement authorities can also detain people for using banned substances, along with certain prescription drugs as well.

DUI Drugs

Driving under the Influence (DUI) of drugs is quite hard for law enforcement agencies to catch due to lack of resources or proper signs that the culprits have taken any illegal substance. Using drugs while driving, however, is a direct violation of section 28-1381A3 of the Arizona Revised Statutes. Being in possession or driving under the influence of these drugs is considered a Class 1 misdemeanor and can lead to lengthy prison sentences.

The different types of drugs that people aren’t allowed to use while driving are quite varied, as are their effects. Drugs that have been banned by the government are obviously off limits, but there are certain prescription drugs that can have similar or even worse consequences for their users.

Some examples of the banned drugs are:

  1. Marijuana
  2. Cocaine
  3. Methamphetamines
  4. Amphetamines
  5. Nitrous Oxide
  6. Psilocybin Mushrooms
  7. Ecstasy
  8. Hydrocodone
  9. Oxycodone
  10. Heroin

The biggest problem facing drug and law enforcement agencies is to prove if a person has consumed a certain drug. However, there are various tests which can make this process easier. These may include:

  1. Heel-To-Toe Test
  2. The Finger-To-Nose Test
  3. One Leg Stand
  4. Alphabet Recitation
  5. Eye Test Called The “Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus” Test

After people consume a certain drug, the drug breaks down in small particles and spreads throughout the body through the blood stream. These molecules are called Metabolites and their evidence can stay in the body for a long time after the consumption of the drug itself. This is why some drivers might be stopped on suspicion of DUI drugs, and this suspicion can be corroborated with a simple medical test which is taken later at the police station, or at the hospital.

If you are caught for a DUI drugs charge, then the offense can have different consequences, depending on whether it’s your first transgression, or if you’re a repeat offender. In case it’s your first violation, the jail sentence can vary from one day, to six months depending on the drug involved. Your driving privileges are revoked for a whole year, and you are fined $1,460 by the state. In case of a second offense, the fine goes up to $3,420 and the minimum jail sentence goes up to at least 30 days. All offenders are also required to attend Alcohol or drug counselling sessions to deal with their problems.

The best solution to any such problems is to never drive while you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It can impede your ability to drive and can put your own life, as well as the lives of others in danger.

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