In Minnesota, it is illegal for a person to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of either alcohol or any controlled substance. If you or a loved one is facing this charge, contact a DUI Minneapolis Attorney like Gerald Miller to help guide you through the next steps. Controlled substances are drugs regulated or controlled by the government and include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Prescription pills
- Sleeping pills
Drivers suspected of driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) are subject to a blood or urine test to detect the presence of controlled substances. A refusal to take a test is also a crime.
Drug Chemical DWI / DUI Consequences
Any amount of certain Schedule I or II controlled substance will result in a DWI. Actual impairment is not a requirement, meaning a positive test for a Schedule I or II controlled substance is all that is necessary to be convicted.
The criminal penalties for a DUID conviction are the same as DWI.
- An offender with a misdemeanor 4th degree DWI charge faces a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1000 fine;
- An offender with a gross misdemeanor 3rd degree DWI charge faces a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $3,000 fine;
- An offender with a gross misdemeanor 2nd degree DWI charge faces a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $3000 fine;
- An offender with a felony 1st degree DWI charge faces a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine.
Possible Driver’s License Sanctions
In addition to criminal penalties, a DUID offense will lead to a driver’s license revocation.
Should I Call a DUI Minneapolis Attorney?
A DUID is a serious offense which carries severe consequences. Hiring an experienced attorney is essential to obtaining a favorable result. Gerald Miller PA has over 35 years’ experience in all areas of DWI law. Contact us today at 612-341-9080 for a free consultation.
For more information see the Minnesota Drug Chemical Statute 169A.20.