Driving under the influence is not restricted to drunk driving alone. In Oregon, the offense is officially referred to as driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII), which includes drugged driving. Controlled substances and a large number of prescription drugs have a strong effect on a person's ability to concentrate or react to things around them. This inhibition is almost exactly the same as the inhibition that occurs when a person consumes alcohol, which is why driving while high or drugged is just as illegal as driving while drunk.
If you are facing a charge involving driving under the influence of drugs, call the Portland DUI lawyer today for a free consultation.
Although police officers cannot use a breathalyzer to determine whether or not you have used a controlled substance or are under the influence of a prescription medication, they can still hear your slurred speech and use field sobriety tests to determine whether or not your motor function and divided attention capabilities are at their best.
Field sobriety tests include:
If you are unable to pass any one of these tests, you could be arrested for drugged driving.
As a seasoned trial attorney, I have the knowledge and skill to fight your DUII charges based on grounds of police misconduct, doctor negligence, product liability, and more. You should not have to suffer the penalties of drugged driving when you were unaware of the side-effects of a drug. Call my offices right away to schedule your free case evaluation. Once I review your case with you, you will see for yourself why it is so important to hire a Portland DUI defense attorney from the offices of Neal Weingart, Attorney at Law, LLC. Contact my firm today!