Yes, the specialized driving under the influence (“DUI”) enforcement teams of the St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa Police Departments can and nightly do. Florida Statute Section 316.193 which governs driving under the influence specifically lists that a person “is under the influence of alcoholic beverages, any chemical substance set forth in s. 877.111, or any substance controlled under chapter 893, which affected to the extent that the person’s normal faculties are impaired.” For your convenience, we have attached a link to the entire Florida Statute governing driving under the influence. These situations often involve law enforcement having suspicions that the driver either took prescription pills or illegal drugs.
As we already discussed the implications of DUI charges and prescription pain pills, it is worth focusing on the driving under the influence charges where police suspect the driver is under the influence of illegal substances, including marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine or ecstasy to name a few. The Clearwater criminal defense attorneys of Hackworth Law have extensive experience defending those charged with driving under influence involving illegal substances. Often these charges also accompany the driver being charged with possession of the same illegal substance. The driving under the influence attorneys of Hackworth Law also have significant experience defending possession of various different drugs, involving marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, ecstasy and other illegal substances.
If you or someone you know has been charged with driving under the influence, despite blowing a .000 on the breathalyzer test, immediately contact the criminal attorneys of Hackworth Law for a free consultation. During the free consultation, our criminal lawyers will thorough discuss the facts of why the car was pulled over, whether there was a valid legal basis, the maximum penalties faced and other relevant facts. Immediately contact the defense attorneys of Hackworth Law for a free client consultation.