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I have to go to court for a DUI...can the judge order me to take a drug test at the set court date? I also had a joint on me.

Savannah, GA |
Attorney answers 4


Yes the judge can order you to give a urine specimen, and might given that the officer found drugs. What often occurs is that you are told to report to either pretrial services or probation that same day, where you will be asked to submit to a Urine Analysis (UA). Marijuana can stay in your system for weeks, and other controlled substances for many days.


A lot of different factors will determine if the judge orders a drug screen. If you appear to be under the influence of drugs, the judge will likely order a test. On the other hand, if this is an arraignment docket and the DUI is for unlawful blood alcohol level, the odds are good there will be no drug test.

In my experience, I have noticed that when Chatham County judges order drug tests of defendants it usually is on status checks, probation revocations, or certain types of guilty pleas for drugs. Furthermore, certain Judges are more likely than others to order drug tests.

If you have a lawyer, you should ask him. If you are not represented by an attorney, I would suggest you get one. DUI's are tricky and have serious penalties.


Yes! You are on bond. Fooling around while on bond is like fooling around on probation. Never a good idea.

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You can be ordered to submit to a drug screen at any Court appearance depending on the normal practices of that particular judge. Generally at an initial arraignment, the Judge will not require you to submit to a drug screen. However, if you are entering a guilty plea, and drugs were found in your possession during your arrest, it has been my experience that the Judge will order you to report to probation that same day where you will be required to submit to a drug screen.