When thinking about drug offenses, your mind probably goes to getting caught with drugs in your possession or selling them. There is another way you could get in trouble and face drug charges.
Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles explains you could get in trouble for drugged driving if you use a substance and then get behind the wheel.
Just like drunk driving
Officers treat driving under the influence of drugs in the same way they treat driving under the influence of alcohol. All substances that alter your ability to safely drive can get you into trouble. This includes not only illegal drugs but also prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. Any type of substance can cause side effects that will make it difficult for you to safely navigate and operate your vehicle.
The repercussions of drugged driving include losing your license, fines and jail time. At the time an officer pulls you over, he or she may put you under arrest. You could also have your car impounded, which would result in additional costs and hassle.
The other consequences will cost you even more money. You can expect to have higher insurance rates if you can find someone to insure you. You may also get in trouble at work, depending on your job, and if you have to serve time in jail, you could lose your job.
Because of the severity of the consequences and punishments of drugged driving, it is important to mount a good defense in court. You want to get the best deal possible when it comes to sentencing if the court finds you guilty.