Tuscaloosa Drug DUI Lawyer
Arrested for Impaired Driving?
There is a common misconception that a DUI is charged strictly for alcohol intoxication. This is not true. DUI stands for driving under the influence and it replaced the older term DWI for driving while impaired. A person can be an impaired driver for a number of reasons.
Impaired driving can result from:
- Over-the-counter (OTC) medication such as cold and cough medication that causes drowsiness
- Prescription medication such as that used to treat anxiety, pain or a sinus infection
- Illegal substances such as marijuana or other illegal drugs
Anything that impairs your ability to drive can result in a DUI for drugs. My name is Joel Sogol, and I am an experienced Tuscaloosa drug DUI attorney who has been defending individuals in criminal court since 1974. I know the judges, prosecutors, laws and strategies to fight a DUI in Alabama.
A DUI for drugs is often the result of a traffic accident involving injuries. There may be no alcohol involved, but it is standard procedure to do a blood test in a hospital if you are brought there for an injury. You can have zero percent alcohol and be charged with a DUI based upon a hospital blood test. An experienced DUI lawyer can make the difference between a conviction with jail time, and the charges being dropped or a not-guilty verdict.
West Central Alabama Controlled Substance DUI Attorney
There are a number of prescribed drugs that can cause drowsiness and result in a DUI for drugs charge. These are legal prescription drugs with serious side effects, and they include:
- Barbiturates such as Seconal
- Benzodiazepines such as Valium or Xanax
- Herbal sedatives, including kava
- Nonbenzodiazepine or “Z-drugs,” including Lunesta or Ambien
Contact Attorney Sogol Now
I am available during business hours and by appointment on the weekends. I always provide the initial consultation at no charge. Call (205) 345-0966 to schedule an appointment. You may also contact my law firm via e-mail.