Now that recreational marijuana is legal in Nevada, we are seeing more cases of people being charged with DUID, or driving under the influence of drugs. This crime is defined under NRS 484C.110, and someone who is convicted of this transgression may face serious penalties.
According to state law, anyone who is found to be driving while under the influence of drugs may be committing a crime. The law says that anyone who is “incapable of safely driving or exercising actual physical control of a vehicle” may be arrested. This means that the law applies not only to people who are caught with an illegal drug like cocaine in their system, but also those who are under the influence of an over-the-counter or prescription drug.
The arrest for a DUID is quite similar to that of a straightforward DUI. Typically, the driver is pulled over after making some kind of moving violation like speeding or erratic lane changes. The officer talks to the driver, and if the driver is suspected of being impaired, then they may be asked to perform field sobriety tests. A breath test additionally may be administered.
If someone fails the field sobriety test but shows a negative result on the breath test, then the officer has probable cause to suspect that the driver is operating the vehicle under the influence of drugs. A blood or urine test then my be conducted under NRS 484.160. This will alert the police to any substances in the driver’s body.
Conviction under DUID laws carries much the same penalties as a DUI. If you want to have the charges against you reduced or dropped, then you must work with a qualified Las Vegas DUID lawyer.