Powerful Defense for Those Charged With Driving Under the Influence of Drugs in Pennsylvania
Driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) may not get as much media attention as drunk driving, but law enforcement and prosecutors certainly pay attention. Those convicted of DUID face severe punishments. If you have been charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs, whether an illegal narcotic or a prescription drug, you should seek out an experienced and skilled criminal defense lawyer immediately.
At The Law Office of Niels C. Eriksen Jr., LLC, we handle DUID cases in Bucks County, Philadelphia and throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. Led by Bucks County drug-related DUI lawyer Niels C. Eriksen, who has 15 years of criminal defense experience, we know how to build successful defenses against these serious charges. You may be tempted to just plead guilty and get it over with. You should know that there are many ways to overcome DUID charges. Talk to us about your options before making any quick decisions. Put and experienced attorney on your side.
Putting Prosecutors to the Test
Drug-related DUI allegations can be very hard for a prosecutor to prove. Breathalyzers cannot be used because they measure only blood alcohol content. Testing for the presence of drugs is different and not always reliable. Blood and urine tests are often used. This evidence can be challenged in many ways, including by asking important questions such as:
- Was the blood or urine test administered correctly?
- Was the evidence contaminated at any point?
- Was the legally required chain of custody broken?
- Even if a drug was present in your system, were you still really under its effects or had they worn off?
Any Type of Drug Can Result in a DUID Charge
Both prescription drugs and illegal drugs can result in a DUID charge. We represent people accused of driving under the influence of many types of drugs, including:
You cannot be convicted of DUID if you were lawfully prescribed a drug and the concentration of the drug in your system was within the therapeutic limit. We will thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your arrest to determine whether this defense or any others are available in your case.
A Note on Pennsylvania's Treatment of Marijuana-Based Charges
Pennsylvania has a "per se" limit on how much marijuana a driver is allowed to have in his or her system. As of April 30, 2011, a driver can be convicted for DUID if there is even 1 ng/ml of THC in the system. We are aggressive in defending clients in this situation, because blood tests can show this low level of drug presence long after the actual effects of the marijuana have worn off.
Charged With Driving Under the Influence of Drugs? Contact a Philadelphia Attorney.
If you have been accused of DUID in Pennsylvania, do not hesitate to reach out to The Law Office of Niels C. Eriksen Jr., LLC, for help. Open during weekly business hours, we respond to calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We also make jail visits and bail hearings.
For a free consultation, call 215-375-7914 or toll free 877-880-8123. You can also contact our law firm online.