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  • Writer's pictureAleezeh Hasan

What happens after you fail a drug test?

When a police officer pulls you over, it can be an anxiety-inducing experience. While you might not be drinking and driving, there are still repercussions that can come from driving after taking drugs. Driving under the influence of drugs can lead to impaired judgement, lack of awareness and low concentration. Driving while under the influence of drugs can lead to a DUI.

Failing a drug test and getting a DUI can be scary, but knowing how drug tests work and what the consequences could be can allow you to be more prepared if you get a drug-related DUI.

Tests may not always be reliable

While Breathalyzer tests involving alcohol are mostly reliable, the same cannot be said for drugs. Some people may fail drug tests because such tests can be faulty and pick up on other legally prescribed medications. In some cases, food that you have eaten, like poppy seeds, can cause a positive result.

· Antidepressants

· Antihistamines

· Decongestants

· Over the counter medications, like Tylenol

Since drug tests often turn up positive from legally prescribed substances, some drivers may be falsely accused of using drugs. Awareness of what substances may show up on a test can help you understand what caused it to be positive.

What happens next?

· License suspension

· Fines between $500 and $1000

· Probation

· Jail time for no less than 30 days on your third conviction

As a driver, it is important to be aware of what could happen if you fail a drug test – and why such tests could be faulty. Fortunately, there are ways to overcome a drug-related DUI. If you feel that you have been wrongfully charged, then an experienced attorney may be able to aid you in overcoming the situation.

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