Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a common criminal offense in Naples, Florida. While many
Florida residents associate DUIs with drunk driving, individuals can also be charged with a
DUI if they are under the influence of any illegal substances, prescription drugs, or even
over-the-counter medications. Driving while impaired by drugs can lead to severe penalties,
including steep fines and time behind bars.
If you have been charged with a drug DUI in Naples, Florida, it is in your best interest to
have a highly-qualified attorney on your side. Attorney Robert H. Hanaford is an experienced
drug DUI lawyer who has dedicated his career to protecting the rights of the accused. Since
1982, attorney Hanaford has successfully defended his clients in Naples and the surrounding
areas. Attorney Hanaford is dedicated to treating every one of his clients like a friend as
he guides them through Florida’s complex justice system.
Many drug DUI offenders are impaired by illegal substances like marijuana,
methamphetamines, or cocaine. However, many others are charged with a drug DUI
while under the influence of legally prescribed drugs. While driving after using
a prescription drug is legal, it is illegal to drive impaired. If the drug has
side effects such as drowsiness or blurry vision, you should not drive after
taking it. Some common prescription drugs that could cause a drug DUI include:
Some antidepressants and antianxiety
Any sleeping pills
This is by no means an exhaustive list, and there are many medications that could
impair your driving. If you are not sure if the medications you take could
affect your ability to drive, it is essential to consult with your doctor or
pharmacist as soon as possible.
The penalties for a Florida drug DUI are the same as one for a drunk driving DUI.
The severity of a DUI charge largely depends on two factors: whether you have
any previous DUI convictions and if there were any aggravating factors that
could raise the charge to a felony. First-time DUIs are typically charged as
misdemeanors. If you are convicted of a first-time DUI, you may face up to six
months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Additionally, you may face a
six-month license suspension and required community service hours, among other
penalties. The consequences of a DUI conviction become more severe with multiple
Although most Florida DUIs are charged as misdemeanors, there are several
aggravating factors that could raise the charge to a felony. Some common
aggravating factors include:
Causing an accident that results in injury
Causing an accident that results in death
The DUI was the driver’s third offense in a ten year period
The driver caused an accident and failed to cooperate or render aid
The driver had a high Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)
Individuals convicted of a felony drug DUI may face up to 15 years in prison and
a fine of $10,000. Additionally, convicted felons often face difficulties
finding employment and housing long after their sentence is served.
In order to achieve a conviction, the prosecutor must prove your guilt beyond a
reasonable doubt. Attorney Hanaford has decades of experience defending clients
in Naples and eroding the prosecution’s case against them. Some of the various
strategies Attorney Hanaford may employ include:
There was an issue with the chemical test
The officer was not adequately trained to administer a field sobriety test
You were not impaired
You were stopped unlawfully
The evidence against you is insufficient for a conviction
You were not the one driving the vehicle
Attorney Hanaford will take the time to get to know you and every detail of your
case to determine which defense strategy is best for your situation. When you
partner with him, you can have peace of mind that you have an advocate on your
side who will fight fiercely to protect your rights and interests.
Discuss Your Case With a Skilled Florida Drug DUI Lawyer
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs in Naples, Florida, you
should contact a skilled drug DUI defense attorney as soon as possible. The penalties for
DUIs in Florida are severe and could carry lifelong consequences. However, with the Law
Office of Robert H. Hanaford in your corner, it may be possible to challenge the
prosecution’s evidence through a strategic defense. Attorney Hanaford has decades of
experience defending individuals accused of DUIs in Naples and the neighboring areas. To
schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you, Call us at (239) 315-9750 or complete our Contact form today.
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