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Driving Under the Influence of Drugs: A Growing Traffic Crime with Severe Consequences

Driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) is a growing traffic crime that carries severe consequences. As more states legalize recreational and medicinal marijuana, law enforcement agencies are cracking down on drivers who choose to get behind the wheel while impaired by drugs. This blog post will provide a comprehensive guide to understanding the consequences of DUID and offer tangible tips for avoiding legal issues related to this crime.

The Legal Definition of DUID

Driving under the influence of drugs is defined as operating a motor vehicle while impaired by any drug, whether illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter. This includes marijuana, even if it is legal in your state for medicinal or recreational use.

Consequences of a DUID Conviction in Oregon

In Oregon, a DUID conviction can carry severe penalties, including:

  • License suspension or revocation
  • Fines and fees
  • Jail time
  • Community service
  • Drug and alcohol education programs
  • Increased insurance rates

These consequences can have a lasting impact on your life, affecting your ability to work, travel, and maintain a clean criminal record.

How to Avoid a DUID Charge

There are several steps you can take to avoid a DUID charge:

  • Know the laws: Familiarize yourself with your state's DUID laws and the potential penalties for a conviction.
  • Plan ahead: If you know you will be using drugs (including taking prescription medication that may impair your abilities), arrange for a designated driver or use a rideshare service to avoid getting behind the wheel.
  • Be aware of drug interactions: Some prescription and over-the-counter medications can impair your ability to drive. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about potential side effects and drug interactions.
  • Store drugs properly: Keep medication in its original containers and store it in a secure location, such as the trunk of your vehicle, to avoid suspicion during a traffic stop.
  • Consult with an attorney: If you are facing a DUID charge, it is crucial to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you navigate the legal process and protect your rights.

How Jennifer I. Nash & Nicolas Ortiz, P.C Can Help

If you have been charged with driving under the influence of drugs, it is essential to seek legal representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney. At Jennifer I. Nash & Nicolas Ortiz, P.C. we understand the complexities of DUID cases and are committed to providing our clients with the best possible defense. Our team will work tirelessly to investigate your case, gather evidence, and develop a strategic defense to help you avoid the severe consequences of a DUID conviction.

Do not let a DUID charge derail your life. Contact our firm today for experienced defense counsel in Benton County and beyond!