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Driving Under the Influence of Drugs in Oregon

Investigations into drugged driving will require the use of specially trained officers.
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    January 07, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Drinking and driving has been an issue that has received a lot of attention from legislators and law enforcement officers in Oregon. Countless safety awareness campaigns have been conducted to inform motorists of the dangers of drunk driving, as well as the potential consequences that may result if they are convicted of the offense.

Many motorists would consider themselves well-informed when it comes to drinking and driving, and know that they should find a sober driver if they plan on consuming any alcoholic beverages. However, they may not be aware that they could be facing DUII charges if they are under the influence of drugs, including prescription medications. Sometimes charges are even filed when you are taking your lawful prescription correctly - the police sometimes have a difficult time differentiating between lawful use and unlawful or excessive use - and once charges are in place, harm has already occurred and your future may be in jeopardy.

There are some very unique differences that motorists need to know about driving under the influence of drugs investigations. When a police officer decides to make a traffic stop, most of those officers are trained to spot drivers who may be impaired by alcohol. There are certain signs that the officers recognize, and they could lead to an arrest if the driver exhibits enough of these characteristics. Another problem in these cases occurs when one someone is driving while they are tired and taking prescription drugs, even correctly, because the symptoms for drug consumption and being tired can overlap or compound each other.

In cases where the motorist is suspected of being under the influence of drugs, a special drug recognition expert (DRE) will be called to the scene to continue the investigation. The DRE officers have been trained to determine if a motorist could be impaired by drugs. According to the Oregon State Police, there are 180 of these officers located throughout the state.

The DREs will perform very specific tests that focus on a motorist's reaction to various requests. If the motorist fails, the officer has the discretion to order the driver to submit to a chemical test to determine if any substances are present. If charged, the motorist may lose his or her driving privileges, and be facing fines and jail time, in addition to other penalties.

If you have been charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, you need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. This is an essential step in building a defense to these accusations. An attorney can aggressively protect your rights, and help you gain a better understanding of the charges that you are currently facing. This will ensure that you do not make any mistakes as your case progresses.

Many people may think they have no other choice but to plead guilty to the charges based on the statements of police and prosecutors. Once you learn more about the options that are available in your specific situation, you can make a decision that best fits your needs. This may include going to trial, and it is important that you work with someone who has experience inside the courtroom.

Article provided by Steven J Sherlag, P.C.
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