If you are like many residents in Florida, you might frequently hear other people talk very disparagingly about drunk or drugged drivers. The comments are often based on stereotypes that assume such people are so intoxicated or high that they can barely function. The reality of the matter is that a person might be charged with a driving under the influence offense even when they are quite functional. Many responsible people find themselves in this situation.
As reported by ABC Action News, proving that a driver was legally intoxicated is often done by using objective test data that measures the person's blood alcohol content. Even if a driver's BAC is over the legal limit, there are still factors that may preclude a conviction in the case.
When it comes to drugged driving, however, proving guilt is even harder as there are not the same types of objective measurements that can be taken to determine if or how impaired a driver might be. Some reports are indicating that accidents involving drugs are becoming more common in Florida but it is not clear how that is being determined. It is also not known if that statistic includes incidents in which a driver has taken a prescription medication or if it is solely based on illegal drug use.
If you would like to learn more about how you or someone you know can get help after being arrested for and charged with a drugged driving offense, please feel free to visit the DUI with drugs page of our Florida criminal defense website.