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Like most states, Rhode Island has expanded its DUI definitions to include the influence of drugs and other substances that could impair driving behavior. Most DUI stops in the state result in a breathalyzer test, but if law enforcement believes that there are other substances involved, they could administer a blood or urine test. Rhode Island is an "implied consent" state, meaning that if drivers refuse any kind of chemical test, they stand to incur additional penalties.
DUIs involving drugs largely fall under the same jurisdictions and penalties as Rhode Island's alcohol-related laws, but carry even harsher qualifications. If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI involving drugs, then the clock is ticking. Attorney Thomasian is a member of the National College for DUI Defense® , which is a prestigious organization comprised of the most experienced DUI lawyers in the country.
Call The Law Office of Thomas C. Thomasian, Esq. to speak with an experienced and diligent Rhode Island DUI lawyer.
The biggest difference between alcohol-related DUIs and drug DUIs is the zero tolerance threshold that govern the chemical tests. Unlike breathalyzer cases, there is no "ceiling" or safe zone for drug DUIs.
DUI cases involving drugs can be very complicated, as some drugs can stay in the bloodstream for multiple weeks, even months. In the case of medical marijuana, an individual may have to prove that they have a legitimate prescription, as traces of the drug can show up in their system from using marijuana two weeks prior. Simply having a prescription does not alleviate potential charges; however, as being under the influence of any legal or illegal substance can bring certain penalties.
Penalties for drug DUIs vary, but like drunk driving penalties, they can be particularly harsh. It is not uncommon for penalties to include jail time, fines, license suspension, community service, drug treatment, and additional court fees. Rhode Island DUI Attorney Thomasian is well-versed in the sensitive procedures dictating drug DUI processing and has time and time again been successful in reducing and defeating charges on behalf of his clients.
If you or a loved one is facing a drug DUI charge in Providence, Washington County, Newport County, or Kent County, call The Law Office of Thomas C. Thomasian, Esq. to schedule a free consultation today.