Driving Under the Influence of Drugs in Pennsylvania

Driving While Drugged

Driving while under the influence of a drug or combination of drugs is illegal in the state of Pennsylvania.  Pennsylvania is known for their zero tolerance against drugged driving.  Any person who is suspected of driving under the influence of a Schedule I, Schedule II, or Schedule III substance may be arrested.  An officer may only have a reasonable suspicion that the driver has any traceable amount of a controlled substance of substances in their body, and that can be enough to detain the driver.  The officer may also have evidence of the impaired driver ‘s erractic/dangerous driving, but this is not required so long as the officer has a reasonable belief or suspicion that the driver is under the influence of some type of controlled substance.

What if I Have a Prescription for the Drugs?

Pennsylvania can treat driving under the influence of prescription drugs the same as it does driving while under the influence of illegal drugs.  Although prescribed by a doctor and used legally, prescribed drugs can still be controlled substances that can alter or impair your judgment and ability to drive.  Driving under the influence of a drug prescribed to you can still lead to a DUI.

How Can an Officer Tell if I’m Under the Influence?

An officer may pull you over if he or she has a reasonable belief that you have a controlled substance in your body.  If probable cause exists, there is an implied consent rule that may require you to submit to a urine and/or blood testing.  These tests can identify how much of a substance is in your system, which may also dictate the penalty you may be assessed.

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