Choose James Novak: An Experienced Drug DUI Lawyer

James E. Novak is an expert drug DUI lawyer in Phoenix, AZ, who can help you understand your rights if you have been charged with driving under the influence of drugs. In Arizona, you can be charged with driving under the influence for a variety of drugs, including prescription medications and medical marijuana, if the officer believes the drug has impaired your ability to drive. The penalties for a first-offense drug DUI in Arizona can be severe, making it all that more important to work with an experienced attorney. If you have been convicted of driving under the influence of drugs, contact attorney James E. Novak today.

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Drug DUI: An Overview

A drug DUI can be defined as the operation of a vehicle under the influence of drugs that have impaired the ability to drive safely. These drugs, including both illegal and legal drugs, may include any of the following substances: 

  • Marijuana, including medical marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Oxycodone
  • Ecstasy
  • Methamphetamine
  • Prescription medication

Prescription medication may result in a drug DUI conviction if you did not take the medication as directed, if the medication is expired, or if your name does not appear on the prescription bottle. Some drugs can remain in your system for weeks, and if your blood test is positive for that drug, you can still be convicted, even if you were not under the influence at the time of your traffic stop.

What to Expect if Pulled Over for a Drug DUI

If a police officer suspects that you are driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he or she will pull you over. The officer is trained to look for visual signs of impairment and will ask questions to help determine if you are under the influence of drugs.

It is essential to contact an experienced DUI lawyer as soon as possible following your DUI charges.

If there is sufficient evidence for the officer to suspect you of driving under the influence of drugs, he or she can arrest you and order a blood test to determine which drug(s) you may have taken.

Consequences of a Drug DUI in Arizona

In the state of Arizona, a drug DUI first offense is typically considered a Class I misdemeanor. Sentencing for a first offense may include:

  • Up to six months in jail, with a minimum sentence of ten days in jail
  • Participation in and completion of a mandatory drug treatment program
  • Fines up to $2,500
  • Up to five years of probation

A second offense results in much more severe consequences, and may be classified as a felony. Arizona considers DUI convictions that occurred in other states when determining the punishment for repeat offenders. The consequences of a second or multiple drug DUI offenses may include:

  • Minimum of 90 days in jail
  • Participation in and completion of a drug screening and treatment program
  • Minimum $3,000 fine
  • Suspended driver’s license for a minimum of one year
  • An ignition interlocking device installed on the vehicle

James E. Novak has the skill and expertise to reduce your sentence if a complete dismissal of the conviction is not possible. He offers extensive experience in this specialized area of the law. 

Contact The Law Office of James Novak

It is essential to contact an experienced DUI lawyer as soon as possible following your DUI charges. If you have been accused of driving under the influence of drugs, contact the office of James E. Novak today to schedule an appointment. You can trust that your case is in good hands at The Law Office of James Novak.

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