DUI Involving Drugs

At the Law Office of Regina Criminal Lawyers, our criminal lawyers recognize the prominent role that prescription drugs play in our lives. However, these prescription drugs can, and will, impact your ability to operate a motor vehicle and as such you will be charged for driving under the influence of drugs. Conditions of depression, anxiety, sleeping disorders, and chronic pain only exasperate the dependency we have upon medications to function in our daily lives. It comes as no surprise that the there is a rising frequency of drug related DUI charges in Saskatchewan.

Many prescription medications are accompanied by warnings both in writing and by the pharmacist to avoid driving after taking the prescription, although family obligations and work can necessitate driving under the influence of drugs. Sometimes you just can’t put you life on hold. This is one of those times. Our DUI defense lawyers can help you get your license back and return your life to its normal pace.

Prescription and Recreational Drugs in the Criminal Code

The non-active metabolites of some drugs may remain in a driver’s system long after their impairing effects have worn off. This means a positive or negative drug test is not necessarily indicative of impairment. Finally, unlike the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limits in the Criminal Code and provincial highway traffic legislation, there is less scientific consensus on appropriate limits for the vast range of drugs that can impair one’s ability to drive. However, the criminal code broadly restricts the operation of vehicles by drivers under the influence of an unregulated chemical depressants, stimulants, or hallucinogens.

Typical Prescription Drugs Involved in a Drug DUI

  • Ambien
  • Lunesta
  • Valium
  • Flexeril
  • Percocet
  • Vicodin
  • Xanax
  • Phenergan

Typical Recreational Drugs Involved in a Drug DUI

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Crack
  • Ecstasy
  • Methamphetamines
  • Heroin

Typical Behaviors of Drug Use

You may be suspected of driving under the influence, particularly, marijuana, cocaine, and prescription drugs, if you exhibit the following symptoms.

  • Altered Pupils
  • Decreased Motor Function
  • Slurred Speech
  • Staggered Breathing

Fighting Drug Related DUI Charges in Saskatchewan

The experienced lawyers at the Law Office of Regina Criminal Lawyerss understand there are many causes for drug related impaired driving charges. But we also know that regardless if the charge is founded in prescription or recreational drug use, you need to speak to a drug related DUI lawyer immediately. Protect you rights and learn your options: contact us today.

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