Do drunk driving laws apply to driving under the influence drugs?

Either illegal or prescription?

Asked on September 1, 2018 under Criminal Law, Connecticut


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Drunk driving laws also apply to marijuana and other controlled substances, including prescription drugs. Driving under the influence of any substance is a serious offense in any state. However, state laws differ in their application of DUI laws to drugs. For example, a stae may apply these laws differently to drivers suspected of driving under the influence of drugs by requiring a blood analysis instead of a breath test to prove impairment while driving aand some have much harsher punishments for driving under the influence of drugs.

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