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Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, PA

We have over a century of collective legal experience and have been practicing in state and federal courts across Minnesota since 1983.

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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 experienced lawyer.

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.

Put Our Attorneys On Your Side

Our team has 100 years of collective experience. Our lawyers, Allan Caplan and Joe Tamburino, are frequently featured on local news networks, including radio and television appearances on Fox and WCCO radio. This has helped Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. rise to prominence and gain a solid reputation of fighting vigorously not only for our clients, but also against the injustices they face when they have been charged with a crime or have been wrongfully injured.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

  • “I strongly recommended to anybody who needs a criminal lawyer representation ” - M.M.
  • “ I just wanted to thank you so much! I am so pleased with all the hard work you put in. I would have never had the chance to get the outcome I did without you. You did an amazing job and we are feeling very greatful to have made the right call when we chose you.” - P.K.
  • “ Hi Allan, Just wanted to say thanks for the phone call last night and all the support today at court. It's been the most stressful time of my life but your advice, superior knowledge, confidence, and support are very much appreciated.” - D.D.
  • “Just wanted to take a moment to thank you for helping me get my life back! ” - C.C.
  • “The outcome was just what you said was possible from the first meeting. My wife has had so much pressure relief from knowing that she doesn’t have a DUI hanging over her head. ” - J.F.
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