DUI Drugs in Weber County
When most people think of a DUI charge they automatically think of alcohol, but in fact the statute does not solely limit the charge to alcohol related offense. Under the Utah statute, a person can be convicted of a DUI if they operate a vehicle under the influence of any drug. A DUI charge that is based on “any drug” is considered a DUI Metabolite. If a person is found to have any measurable amount of a controlled substance in their system and they have been operating a vehicle then they may be convicted of a DUI Metabolite. The difficulty with this charge is that some drugs can remain in a person’s system for weeks or maybe even months. If a person is convicted of this charged, the penalties are the same as they would be under a DUI based on alcohol consumption.
Other Factors for DUI Metabolite Charges
Although controlled substances are usually thought of as illicit drugs, the definition in fact includes prescribed drugs as well. So a person can be charged for a DUI Metabolite if testing shows that they were under the influence of a prescribed drug. There is however the obvious defense to that, which is showing that you were prescribed the drug. However, if you were so impaired that you were not capable of operating your vehicle safely then it does not matter that you have a prescription. Proving that person does in fact of a measurable amount of a controlled substance in their system can be done through a blood, urine, or oral fluids test.
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If you have been charged with a DUI Metabolite then you need the help of an attorney immediately. Our lawyers will work tirelessly to get your charges dismissed or reduced and will make sure that you receive the best outcome available. Our goal is to do everything within our power to protect your rights and to make sure that the legal system does not overstep its bounds. We offer free consultations and can help you understand your case and answer your questions with no charge to you. Call 801.823.1200 or email us today to set up an appointment, there is too much at stake for you to not make sure you are protected.