What is a drug DUI?

When an individual is arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance in Pennsylvania, they may face serious consequences. This offense is considered a Drug DUI and is similar to an offense for driving under the influence of alcohol. If the individual undergoes a blood test and the results show that there is any amount of a Schedule I, II, or III drug, they can be arrested for a drug DUI. There are very serious consequences associated with driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

A first offense controlled substance DUI may result in the following penalties:

  • a misdemeanor charge
  • driver’s license suspension for 12 months
  • between 72 hours and 6 months in jail
  • a fine that is at least $1,000 but no more than $5,000
  • participation in the alcohol highway safety school
  • the potential for mandatory substance abuse treatment

Of course, with every subsequent controlled substance DUI offense an individual commits, the penalties become more serious. For example, a third or subsequent drug DUI offense may result in the following:

  • misdemeanor charge in the first degree
  • driver’s license suspension for 18 months
  • imprisonment for 1-5 years
  • a fine of at least $2,500 but no more than $10,000
  • 1 year of an ignition interlock device and the associated fees
  • participation in the alcohol highway safety school
  • mandatory substance abuse treatment, if ordered

If you have been charged with a drug DUI in Pennsylvania, it is essential to retain strong legal representation. Contact our firm today.

The law firm of Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C., is composed of experienced defense attorneys throughout the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Please contact the office for a free initial consultation and get any questions answered regarding criminal charges and procedures.