The use of ecstasy can significantly affect a person's ability to drive safely. As both an illegal drug and a substance which can negatively affect driving performance, the potential for criminal penalties is high. As a result of driving under the influence of ecstasy, you face serious penalties, including the possibility of high fines and jail time.
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of ecstasy, an experienced Forsyth County DUI attorney can defend your case and protect your rights.
What is Ecstasy?
Ecstasy is more formally known as methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, or MDMA. It is a synthetic (man-made) drug that alters both mood and the perception of a person's surroundings. Chemically, it is similar to other stimulants and hallucinogens and has significant effects on a person's feelings.
Ecstasy is particularly popular at nightclub scenes, dance parties, and "raves." It is also commonly referred to as "Molly" in the general public.
How is Ecstasy Typically Used?
Ecstasy is typically used in the form of a capsule or tablet, liquid, or powder. It is common that users combine it with the use of other drugs, such as marijuana. The effects of Ecstasy alone can greatly affect driving, and any combination of drugs can make those effects significantly more intense.
How Does Ecstasy Affect the Brain?
MDMA works by affecting three primary brain chemicals.
- Dopamine: Produces energy and is part of the "reward" system of the brain.
- Serotonin: Affects appetite, sleep, mood, trust, and sexual arousal.
- Norepinephrine: Increases blood pressure and heart rate, creating a feeling of high energy, but carries risks to those with heart conditions.
Ecstasy's Affect on Driving
Ecstasy can significantly affect a person's ability to drive, which can result in a Georgia DUI. Using Ecstasy can cause
- an increase in impulsive behavior;
- an inability to maintain proper attention to the road;
- difficulty performing complex tasks;
- the likelihood that the driver will engage in risky driving behavior;
- lack of memory function;
- loss of spatial awareness, including effects on depth perception;
- reduced ability to track objects such as other vehicles or pedestrians;
- slow reaction time; and
- inability to maintain steady direction or straight lines.
As a result of these effects on the brain and a person's ability to drive, they are very likely to get a DUI charge if they get on the road.
Defending Your Georgia DUI
- Challenging the result of any field sobriety tests.
- Showing that the breath or blood tests were inaccurate.
- Challenging the constitutionality of a roadside checkpoint.
- Showing that no probable cause existed for the initial traffic stop.
- Protecting your right to drive through an administrative appeal.
Consult a Forsyth County DUI Attorney
If you have been arrested for DUI as the result of alcohol, ecstasy, or other drugs, you need a knowledgeable attorney who can defend your case and protect your rights.
Contact us today for a free consultation.