DUI Charge Without Impairment?
Most people assume that to be convicted of a crime in the family of DUI or Impaired Driving you must be driving impaired. Although this may be an obvious conclusion, it is however not necessarily true. A conviction of DUI Metabolite does not require proof of impairment, but instead only requires proof of a low level of a controlled drug or substance in your system. The “left-overs” of a controlled substance can get you arrested and convicted. The word metabolite can literally mean the “end product” or even the “by-product” of another compound. A metabolite DUI charge applies to the consumption of illegal drugs as well as prescribed drugs. If a driver is pulled over hours after taking a prescribed drug for something like a headache, the metabolite can still be present in the person’s body and can be traced if the driver submits to testing. Even if the amount of the substance is below the legal BAC level (blood alcohol concentration level) they could still be facing a DUI Metabolite charge.
Metabolites Lasting Effect
The problem with metabolites is that some substances can stay in a person’s body for hours, or even days. Marijuana for example, can be detected in a person’s system, by a blood or urine test, days after consumption. Even though the individual may not be driving impaired, the metabolite can show up in the testing and an arrest and conviction could possibly result.
Getting Legal Help | Salcido Law Firm
If you have been charged with a DUI Metabolite, it is important that you seek legal assistance by consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney. The attorneys at Salcido Law Firm are experienced in defending DUI Metabolite charges. If you would like to explore your options and speak with an attorney, call 801.413.1753 to schedule a free consultation and find out what Salcido Law Firm can do for you.