Not just alcohol: how do drugs affect driving?

driving impairedWhen you think of driving under the influence your mind likely jumps right to assuming alcohol is being discussed. Other drugs besides alcohol impair your ability to think and act appropriately while driving. Driving after taking any sort of drug puts you, your passengers and other drivers on the road in danger and should be avoided. If you do make the decision to drive under the influence of drugs, you may be subject to criminal charges. The criminal defense lawyers of Long Island may be able to help minimize the consequences if you have been charged with a DUI.

The type and severity of impairment of a driver depends on the drug, how much has been taken and the individual. All drugs do not affect every person in the same manner. Marijuana, a downer, slows reaction time and can decrease coordination. Drugs that have an upper effect such as cocaine or methamphetamine can be overly aggressive and are more likely to engage in reckless driving behavior that endangers everyone on the road. Sedatives tend to make people dizzy and drowsy which directly affects coordination. It can be difficult to determine which drug someone is on in an accident or during a citation because many times people mix certain drugs. Driving under the influence of drugs is illegal and carries criminal penalties if convicted on a charge. If you are in a situation where you need legal assistance you should start seeking out New York City trial lawyers who can help you in the courtroom.

Using drugs before or while driving carries criminal consequences that could include hefty fines, suspension or complete loss of your license, and in more serious cases where someone is injured, you could face jail time or a combination of these. London Indusi LLP may be able to help if you find yourself in a situation where you didn’t use the best judgment and are now facing criminal charges. They can advise you of your options and potentially be able to help in getting your charge reduced.