Mississippi DUI law provides that a person may be charged with driving under the influence of illegal drugs. Specifically, the Mississippi DUI statute states “it is unlawful for any person to drive or otherwise operate a vehicle within this state who…is under the influence of any drug or controlled substance, the possession of which is unlawful under the Mississippi Controlled Substances Law….”
The State can show that a person is under the influence of a controlled substance by proof of a positive blood or urine test. Regardless of whether the police obtain a blood or urine test, prosecutors typically try to prove that a person is under the influence under this section by showing that the person’s driving was erratic, and/or that his behavior was consistent with being under the influence of a controlled substance. The presence of a controlled substance, such as marijuana, within the vehicle may also be used as additional evidence to prove the driver was under the influence (although the mere presence of a controlled substance, by itself, would likely not support a DUI conviction).
If you’ve been charged with DUI, please contact Mississippi DUI Lawyer Curt Crowley at 601.944.1984 for a free case evaluation. For more information, please visit our Mississippi DUI Lawyer website.