At one time police only checked for blood or breath alcohol to issue a DWI. Today, drivers who are pulled over may be tested for prescription medicines or illegal drugs. The charge that may be leveled after blood or urine testing is called DWI drug or DUI drug.
Ordinary DWI cases are complex, but the complexity only increases in cases of driving while impaired by drugs. Drug testing screens must usually be conducted in special labs in order for results to be admissible. Your lawyer will want to have lab and other evidence excluded from the case. To do this credibly requires significant understanding of toxicology test results for marijuana, heroin, methamphetamines, cocaine, hallucinogens and prescription drugs.
Defense For Minnesotans Driving Under The Influence Of Drugs
The law holds drivers responsible for having any amount of a controlled substance, or that substance's metabolites or biochemical breakdowns, in the body.
Besides the toxicology report and breath tests, the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) recommends a battery of tests to determine your level of impairment.
- Your interview with the arresting officer
- The officer's preliminary evaluation of you
- Interrogation of suspect
- Evaluation of your eyes
- Psychomotor tests
- Vital signs
- Dark room examinations
- Your muscle tone
- Evidence of injection
- The opinion of the evaluator
In each case these checks can be done properly or improperly. Defense attorney Bruce Rivers will seek to show that evidence against you was not gathered or compiled to the letter of the law. And he may show that the drug recognition experts, who are not doctors, may have misinterpreted a normal human response, like anxiety or fatigue, for one caused by drugs.
Call Minneapolis DUI/DWI defense lawyer Bruce Rivers the moment you are arrested, and let him do your talking. Your freedom may depend on doing so. Contact Bruce using this email form, or call him at Rivers Law Firm, P.A., at 612-915-0355.