Minneapolis Drugged Driving Lawyer
Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
According to section 169A.20 of Minnesota law, it is illegal for a person
to be in physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of a
controlled substance or any other hazardous substance that affects the
brain, nervous system, or muscles. Not only does this refer to illegal
narcotics, but it includes certain prescription drugs as well.
If you have been arrested and accused of driving under the influence of
a controlled substance, contact Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A.
and speak with a Minneapolis DWI lawyer about what to do next. With your
rights and driving privileges on the line, you should not risk a criminal
conviction by attempting to handle your charges without the help of an
Our firm has handled DWI cases since 1983 and is familiar with the best
ways to protect our clients. Experienced in the courtroom and respected
by our peers, our attorneys have obtained numerous favorable outcomes
for clients. The outcome of your case will depend on the quality of representation
you choose, so turn to us for help during this challenging time.
Why Choose Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A.?
- 100+ years of experience
- Former Minnesota prosecutors
- Attorney Joseph Tamburino is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist
Our attorneys have been featured in the
Super Lawyers® list for 15 consecutive years
- Available days, nights, and weekends
- Free, confidential, no-obligation case evaluations
We’re available 24/7 to offer you a
FREE case evaluation. Call now.
Minnesota is Zero-Tolerance State
Minnesota is a zero-tolerance state when it comes to driving under the
influence of drugs (DUID). This means that a driver will be arrested if
an officer has a reasonable suspicion that he or she is operating a vehicle
with any Schedule I or Schedule II controlled drug in their system. This is a
per se charge, meaning that there does not actually need to be any impairment
in driving ability for the driver to be charged with DWI. If a person
is found to be under the influence of a hazardous substance, then he or
she will face DWI charges. However, this law does not apply to marijuana
or marijuana metabolites (the chemical substance that remains after marijuana
has been metabolized in a person’s body.)
What Happens if a Driver is Convicted of Drug-Impaired Driving?
A driver who has been arrested and accused of driving under the influence
of drugs will be subject to the full range of penalties for an alcohol-related
DUI. These penalties include:
- Jail time
- Fines of $1,000 or more
- License suspension
- Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID)
- Drug counseling
When you choose to work with our firm, we may be able to reduce or eliminate
your charges, potentially helping you avoid jail time.
Don’t Wait to Seek the DWI Defense You Need
The Minneapolis DWI attorneys at our firm have fought and won numerous
DWI cases during their years in practice. When you discuss your case with
one of our attorneys, we can investigate the results of any urine or blood
tests taken to determine the presence of drugs in your system, and look
into whether appropriate protocol was followed during testing to ensure
accuracy. Then, we can determine the appropriate course of action based
on the circumstances surrounding your arrest.
Work with an attorney you can rely on.
Contact Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. at (612) 444-5020.