Minnesota DUI Laws And Drugs

Minnesota drivers are familiar with the state's DUI law and know that they can face harsh penalties if they are convicted of drunk driving. Many of them don't know that they can also face DUI charges if they are found to have been driving under the influence of drugs, including prescription drugs.

In fact, Minnesota law treats driving under the influence of drugs as the same crime as driving under the influence of alcohol. However, there are significant differences in how the two types of cases may proceed.

The skilled attorneys of Coodin & Overson, PLLP, help people in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and throughout Minnesota with criminal defense in a wide variety of cases, including drug-related DUI. In their years of legal practice, they have gained experience with the issues involved and developed insight into the strategies and procedures that can get the best results for their clients.

How Are Drug Cases Different?

Drunk driving cases often hinge on the driver's blood alcohol content, or BAC. Police can test a driver's BAC through chemical breath tests or blood tests. Drivers may be familiar with the fact that the so-called legal limit for a BAC test is .08 percent, but drivers with lower BAC counts can be charged with DUI if police have other evidence to show that the person was too impaired to drive safely.

Drugged driving cases are different in that the lawmakers have not settled on standardized breath or blood tests, but drivers may still be charged if the evidence shows they were driving unsafely. These cases are also different in that they may also involve drug charges.

Defend Your Future

To defend yourself against drugged driving charges, it is a good idea to have help from a lawyer who has experience in a variety of criminal law issues, including defending clients from drug possession charges and drugged driving cases. Speak to an attorney as soon as you can to get to work defending your freedom and your future.

Get started by calling the Woodbury office of Coodin & Overson, PLLP, at 651-319-5180. You can also contact the firm online.