Florida’s Implied Consent Law requires any person who drives a vehicle within the state and who is suspected of DUI to submit to a chemical test of their urine.
Urine tests are used to detect drugs like marijuana, cocaine, prescription painkillers, or even over the counter medicines that might affect a person’s ability to drive.
Typically, when a person arrested for DUI provides a breath sample and the result is under .08, police officers will then request a urine sample and test it for controlled substances.
Urine tests are of limited value to police in proving DUI because while urine tests may show the presence of a drug, they don’t indicate when the person took the drug or if the person was still under the influence of the drug at the time the sample was provided. For example, marijuana can be present in a person’s urine for weeks after smoking, but the effects of marijuana only last a few hours.
Therefore, depending on the facts of the case, a prosecutor might reduce a DUI based on a positive urine test to reckless driving, or even drop the case.
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