If you have been arrested for or charged with drugged driving, you need to contact a reputable and diligent New Jersey DWI attorney immediately. Not only do these charges have the potential to ruin your reputation, a conviction could jeopardize your current and future educational, housing and employment opportunities. Understanding how high the stakes are, we will aggressively advocate for you every step of the way.
Unless you or someone close to you has struggled with opioid addiction, it can be easy to overlook the seriousness of the problem. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) revealed that drivers using prescribed opioids are 2.18 times more likely to be in fatal two-vehicle crashes than those who are not using the drugs. The study examined 18,321 driver pairs who lost their lives in two-vehicle crashes between 1993 and 2016. The findings revealed that 54.7 percent of the drivers who died tested positive for prescription opioids and these drivers caused the crash because they veered out of their lane. Sadly, crash initiators with prescription opioids in their system have increased from 2 percent in 1993 to 7.1 percent in 2016. Research shows that opioids can seriously impair a driver’s ability to drive safely causing them to feel woozy, sleepy or even sedated.
Under New Jersey law, a person can be charged with driving under the influence of drugs if the prosecutor can establish that the person was impaired while operating a motor vehicle. This is true even if the drug was an over-the-counter or prescription drug. In other words, you can be charged with a DWI so long as the prosecutor can show that the drug impaired your ability to drive safely.