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Daytona Beach DUI & Drugs Defense Attorney

Remain Silent and Quickly Hire an Attorney

Being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs can lead to harsh and devastating penalties if an individual winds up being convicted. A person can face:

  • Substantial jail sentence
  • Severe fines and fees
  • Probation
  • Community service
  • Court ordered substance abuse treatment program or classes
  • Suspension or revocation of drivers' license
  • Misdemeanor or felony charges and conviction on their legal record, which can make it difficult to take advantage of employment, housing and other opportunities where a background check is conducted and may not be eligible in the future for expungement

If you or someone you know has recently been arrested for DUI & drugs, it is vitally important that you remain silent and immediately seek the legal counsel of a highly qualified Daytona Beach criminal defense lawyer that is well versed and experienced in these matters. You will likely be pressed to answer questions about your situation and it is crucial that you exercise your right to politely decline until your attorney is present.

Beware of the Prescription Drug DUI

Believe it or not, you can be charged with driving under the influence without having a drop of alcohol to drink. Certain medications can do to your body what alcohol normally would—that is, act as a depressant.

Depressants can cause symptoms of euphoria, muscle relaxation, respiratory depressants, and lowered blood pressure. While these might be positive effects for people suffering from debilitating mental or physical problems, they can also cause difficulty with driving and responding immediately to stimuli.

When Might An Officer Suspect That I Am DUI?

A Florida officer might stop a driver on suspicion of a DUI if a person is driving slowly, irregularly, or dangerously. The officer may ask someone to take a breathalyzer or field sobriety test to determine if the person is suffering from the effects of a depressant, such as alcohol. However, these tests may be inconclusive.

If the tests are inconclusive, but the officer still suspects you of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, he or she might take you to the police station, where you will be asked to give a blood, urine, or breath sample. If the sample shows you are under the influence of prescription drugs, you could be charged with a DUI.

Some prescription medications that might lead to a DUI charge include the following:

  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycodone
  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl
  • Ambien
  • Lunesta
  • Diazepam
  • Alprazolam
  • Morphine
  • Ritalin
  • Adderall

You could face serious charges if you were driving under the influence of certain prescription drugs and will likely face some of the same penalties. Fines and jail time are two potential punishments, but there might also be a driver’s license suspension, community service, or court-ordered DUI school.

Experienced Daytona Beach Criminal Defense Attorney

At Buckmaster & Ellzey, we can provide you with the high level of guidance and representation you need and deserve. It is acutely understood that criminal charges and potentially losing one's freedom makes it necessary to zealously fight for a favorable result. Our stance is that we believe there to be a workable solution in every case and we will tirelessly examine every angle of the evidence and facts that pertain to your case and proceed in a way that works best for you and your situation.

We have dedicated our professional lives to zealously protecting the rights and interests of individuals and ensuring fairness and lawfulness in and out of the courtroom. You are innocent until proven guilty and we relentlessly hold the government accountable to prove any guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. We are aware of what is at stake and will apply knowledge, experience and talent to your defense in order to achieve the best outcome possible for you and your future.

To confidentially discuss your legal situation and find out how we can assist you, contact a Daytona Beach DUI & drugs lawyer at our firm now.

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