The Consequences of Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

By Eric Giordano posted 01-02-2021 12:43 AM


Driving under the influence of drugs is a serious offense and can be dangerous to the driver and other road users. Legal or illegal drugs can make you unfit to make an informed judgment while on the road.

It is also illegal for you to drive if you have some levels of drugs in your blood, whether they have affected your driving before or not. This article highlights some of the consequences of driving under the influence of drugs.


Driving under the influence of drugs can lead to hefty penalties. The amount varies depending on the number of convictions. Fines are imposed in addition to financial consequences, including restitution and court costs. A fine cannot be discharged through bankruptcy and there is no statute of limitations as to how long it can be collected.

A Driving Under Influence (DUI) case attracts administrative and criminal penalties. Administrative penalties are imposed by the motor vehicle department, while criminal penalties are imposed by the court of law upon DUI conviction.

Community service

A DUI convict may be required to offer some community services for a specified number of hours. Sometimes, the judge may be free to choose the number of hours the defendant should complete. There are some guidelines concerning the type of community service to be considered. 

Offenders can fulfill community service hours through volunteering at charities, cleaning up highways, and speaking about the dangers and consequences of driving under the influence of 


A lawyer may use community service as a way of negotiation to mitigate penalties, fines, or a jail sentence. If you are convicted of drunk driving, you can hire a criminal lawyer to represent you with negotiations and ensure that you don't get overwhelmed. 

Vik Monder, of Monder Law Group in San Diego, will take care of serious matters in your DUI case and remove the burden off your shoulders. 


Many states in the United States classify a first-time DUI offense as a misdemeanor and are punished by a maximum of six months or a year in jail. In some states, the jail term may be shorter than this. For instance, in New Jersey, the maximum jail term is thirty days.

In some exceptional cases, some states may not impose any jail penalties on the offenders. In the case of second and subsequent drunk-driving offenses, the jail term may be slightly longer. 

In all states, the minimum jail term sentence for the second offense must be longer than for the first offense. Many other circumstances can influence the amount of jail term for a DUI conviction.

Driver's license problems

A DUI offender can have their license suspended for a long time, either by the motor vehicle department or by a court order. Suspension periods depend on the number of prior convictions upon the driver. 

For instance, in California, the first DUI conviction attracts a six-month driver's license suspension, two years for a second conviction, and three years for a third conviction. 

If a driver unlawfully refuses to take a breath, urine, or blood test, their license could also be suspended. During the DUI suspension, the driver can be issued with a "hardship license" to use during the period of suspension for school and work-related errands.

General consequences

The driver's insurance company may impose further forms of punishment on the offender. A DUI conviction may cause the insurance company to cancel the insurance policy indefinitely or increase the rates.

Someone who has been convicted of a DUI offense can have some jobs closed, such as driving a delivery van, school bus, or any other vehicles that relate to their employment. The driver may also face a civil lawsuit in case the accident victims sue for bodily injuries or property damages.

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