Dunwoody, Ga. - Police reported that they arrested a truck driver for DUI in Dunwoody after he caused an accident on Interstate 285. The driver allegedly collided with another truck in one of the left lanes.
Police at the scene arrested the man on charges of improper lane usage and DUI drugs. As a Dunwoody DUI Lawyer, I will outline the law behind the offense of DUI Drugs in today's post.
DUI Drugs in Georgia is known by Georgia Law as:
“A person shall not drive while under the influence of any drug to the extent that it is less safe for the person to drive; a person shall not drive under the influence of a combination of substances (i.e. drugs and alcohol) to the extent that it is less safe for the person to drive; a person cannot be under the influence of prescription drugs, even if a drug or drugs are prescribed legally.” O.C.G.A. §40-6-391.
The investigating officer will be looking for anything that might be a clue to driving under the influence. There is no quantitative legal limit for being under the influence of drugs or impaired by drugs. Instead, officers will consider all of the factors surrounding both the investigation and the arrest including but not limited to: manner of driving, sobriety test results, behaviors, conversational skills, etc.
In order to be convicted of DUI Drugs, the state of Georgia must prove whether or not someone is driving under the influence of a drug or drugs to the extent that he or she is a less safe driver. Since there is no quantitative legal limit for drug consumption, the arresting officers' observations are the determining factors.
The penalties for a first-time conviction for DUI-Drugs in Georgia can include a minimum of 24 hours in jail, a fine of at least $300, 12 months on probation, 40 hours of community experience, DUI School completion, and clinical drug and alcohol evaluation.
It is of the utmost importance that you hire legal representation if you have been arrested for DUI. Call our offices now.