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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.

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Joel L. Sogol, Attorney at Law

811 Almon Avenue
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401



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