30+ Years of Legal Experience and a Former State Trooper
In the face of drug DUI charges, you will need a tenacious and knowledgeable defender on your side. Julie M. Guyer, Attorney at Law has over 30 years of professional experience in criminal law and brings experience as a former Maryland state trooper and former prosecutor. She has a diverse array of experiences that equip her with the skill and knowledge to help you aggressively combat an unfair accusation for drug DUI.
Don’t risk your driving privileges with an unfair drug DUI charge. Contact Julie M. Guyer, Attorney at Law online or at (410) 834-0373 to take legal action in your defense today.
What Constitutes a Drug DUI?
According to Md. Code. Ann. Transp. §§ 21-902 (c)(1),(d)(1) (West 2010), a person in Maryland may be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) if they are driving any vehicle while they are impaired by any drug controlled dangerous substance if they are not legally allowed to use that substance.
Recall that controlled substances are classified by dangerousness from Schedule I to Schedule V, all of which can result in a Drug DUI charge:
- Schedule I – heroin, marijuana, LSD, ecstasy, peyote
- Schedule II – cocaine, Vicodin, oxycodone, methamphetamines, painkillers, morphine, stimulants like Adderall, opium
- Schedule III – narcotics, codeine, anabolic steroids, ketamine
- Schedule IV – anti-anxiety medication like Xanax and Valium, sedatives like Ambien, epileptic medication like Ativan
- Schedule V – cough suppressants containing small amounts of codeine like Robitussin, pain medication
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Penalties and Sentencing
Like a standard DUI, the penalties for a drug DUI will vary depending on the defendant’s number of prior convictions. A first offense is considered a misdemeanor punishable by 2 months to 1 year in jail; a fine of $500-$1,000; license suspension for up to 45 days; and successful completion of a drug/alcohol education program.
A second offense within 5 years is also a misdemeanor with increased penalties – up to 2 years in jail with a mandatory minimum of 48 hours; up to a $2,000 fine; license suspension for up to 90 days; and successful completion of a drug/alcohol education program.
A third offense within 5 years could result in up to 3 years in jail; up to $3,000 in fines; license suspension of up to 18 months; and successful completion of a drug/alcohol education program.
Note that the presence of aggravating factors, such as a minor in the vehicle at the time of the DUI offense, could result in enhanced jail time and fines.
Contact Julie M. Guyer, Attorney at Law Today
If you have been charged with drug-related DUI in Worcester County, consult an experienced attorney immediately to get started on your defense and protect your driving rights. One of the core components of a drug DUI charges is the defendant’s intoxication by an illegal controlled substance. It is possible, however, to argue for mitigated or even dismissed penalties by proving that you had the legal right to use the drug, such as for a medical reason. Attorney Julie M. Guyer can take a look at the specific facts of your situation and offense and craft a compelling defense for you in court.
Let Julie M. Guyer, Attorney at Law protect your driving rights in the face of a drug DUI charge. Call (410) 834-0373 or contact the firm online for a free consultation.
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