In Nevada, getting pulled over for driving under the influence of drugs can result in a DUI, just the same as driving under the influence of alcohol. The procedure for checking impairment levels is fairly similar, in that the officer who pulls you over will conduct a field sobriety test and a preliminary breath test. If you fail the sobriety test, but pass the breath test, this can be a sign that you’re driving under the influence of drugs.
A new program was implemented in Nevada to help determine if an individual was impaired during the time of the arrest. It’s called the Drug Recognition Program, and it was implemented because it can be very difficult to tell if a person is impaired by drugs, or is just suffering from symptoms caused by mental or medical issues. The program dispatches a professional to the scene of the arrest to help determine if the problem is drug related, or not.
However, these professionals are generally not medically trained and may not be able to prove without a doubt that a person is impaired by drug use. Even over the counter meds can result in a DUI, but it must be proven that you were impaired by the drugs and not a preexisting condition.
This is why you need an experienced DUI lawyer in Las Vegas, because there are solid defenses for drug related DUIs, but you need someone on your side who knows the laws. If you’re facing a drug DUI, get the help you need from the Law Offices of Garrett T. Ogata, today.