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Is It Illegal to Drive High in Florida?

Smoking Drugs

Not only can a person get a DUI in Florida for driving under the influence of alcohol, but he/she can also get charged for driving under the influence of controlled substances or illegal drugs.

In general, the penalties for a drug-related DUI are the same for an alcohol-related DUI, punishable by costly fines, a lengthy driver’s license suspension, and even time spent behind bars.

If you have been arrested for a drug DUI in Pensacola, let the The Morris Firm protect your rights, reputation, and future. With more than ten years of legal experience, our Pensacola drug DUI lawyer can investigate your arrest, collect evidence, and develop an effective defense strategy to either reduce your charges and penalties or get your case dismissed altogether.

Call (850) 503-2626 for more information about our legal services.

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What Are Florida’s Penalties for Driving High?

In order to be charged with a drug DUI in Florida, a person must be operating or being in actual physical control of a vehicle while being intoxicated with a controlled substance or harmful chemicals. Under the influence means the impairment of normal faculties after ingesting drugs, rather than having a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of at least .08 percent.

Common examples of controlled substances are cannabis, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and pain killers such as Vicodin and OxyContin. On the other hand, common examples of chemicals are nitrous oxide and isopropyl alcohol.

The following are the penalties for a drug DUI in Florida:

  • First offense – Jail sentence of up to six months, a maximum of $1,000 in fines, and driver’s license suspension for up to one year.
  • Second offense (within five years of previous DUI conviction) – Jail sentence of up nine months, maximum $2,000 in fines, and driver’s license revocation for a minimum five years.
  • Third offense (within ten years of one of the two previous DUI convictions) – Prison term of up to five years, maximum $5,000 in fines, and driver’s license revocation for a minimum ten years.

Contact Our Experienced Drugged Driving Defense Legal Counsel

Although a conviction is associated with harsh criminal penalties, just because you have been arrested doesn’t mean that you are automatically guilty. After litigated a number of high-profile criminal cases, our Pensacola DUI attorneys can assess your case and determine if there are weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case or if law enforcement officials violated your rights during your arrest.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

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I hired Brandon to be my attorney for a criminal case, and he exceeded my expectations. He always answered my questions and he represented me in the most professional manner. He always prepared and honest with me. I would highly recommend him. He will always be my attorney


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Brandon understands the charges and what the defenses are. He works hard to ensure his clients get the best outcome possible.


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Brandon Morris has a thorough understanding of criminal law, has extensive courtroom experience and is a passionate advocate for his clients. He gave me a truthful and honest explanation of my situation, my options and what I could expect. Anyone would be lucky to have him as their advocate.

-Former Client

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I received a letter from the Morris Firm after I was released from the county detention and I immediately made an appointment for consult. Right away he eased my fears and made me feel confident that we can beat this case or get it resolved with minimal punishment. Retainer is reasonable, as well. Glad I hired him!


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Brandon Morris is definitely an attorney myself and my family would recommend. Me and my husband retained Brandon and achieved the best possible result, a dismissal in the case. My son retained Brandon in his case and the conclusion of the case was what my son anticipated, a good result. Brandon is knowledgeable, understanding, compassionate about his clients, and has reasonable fees. When we talk to Brandon it is apparent that his is listening to every detail. Brandon has always been prompt in returning our calls. We will definitely use Brandon again if needed. He is an excellent attorney!


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Brandon is committed to getting the best result for his clients. He negotiated the best deal for me with the state attorney. I recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer committed to his clients.

-Former Client

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This was the first time I needed to hire an Attorney and I was somewhat nervous. Mr. Morris was very easy to communicate with and basically told me from day one that the charges would be dropped and they were. I would highly recommend him to anyone.


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Amazing! I didn’t have to worry about anything. After first meeting with Brandon, I was much more at ease with my case. He was very helpful with everything I asked and very understanding. I would highly recommend!


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Brandon was extremely helpful with my case and I felt very comfortable throughout the process with his handling of my legal matters. He is diligent and knows his way within the judicial system!

-Ashley H.