DUI & Flakka

Posted by William H. Sherman on May 03, 2015 | 0 Comments

Question:   My son got a DUI in Marietta.  He was honest with me and told me that he did not drink any alcohol and he was not drunk.  He told me, and I believe him, when he says he didn't have anything to drink.  I know he doesn't really like to drink because it makes him feel sick.

But he said that he and a friend took a drug called “flakka.”  He said they each swallowed a little bit of flakka and they began to hallucinate and became very paranoid.  My son thought he was going to be attacked so he got in his car and drove away from that situation.  Unfortunately a Cobb County police officer said he almost hit his car and the cop pulled him over.

My son was so scared of the whole situation because he was paranoid and hallucinating.  He ran away from the cops.  The Cobb police caught him and after a brief struggle he was arrested.

Now he's facing a host of charges including DUI.  I don't know much at all about this flakka drug.  But can you get a DUI just being on a drug and not having anything to drink?  Have you heard of flakka?

V.B. in Marietta

Answer:   Flakka is a new synthetic drug that has been in the news recently for triggering extremely bizarre behavior.  Flakka can be snorted, vaped, eaten or smoked.  It is a grainy, crystalline powder and can easily enter the bloodstream.  It can cost as little as $5.00 and is also called “gravel.”  Its active ingredient is a chemical compound called alpha-PVP.

There have been reported cases of people under the influence of flakka doing very strange things, including thinking they were being chased by a pack of wild dogs; another man tried to break into a police department and a person was impaled trying to climb a fence.

You can get a DUI in Georgia without consuming and alcohol.  The law provides that taking a drug alone can make an individual a less safe driver.  Many people are charged every year for DUI who have not had anything to drink, but have taken a legal or illegal drug that has caused them to be a less safe driver.

About Us

Arrested for DUI in Marietta?  Then you need a top-rated Marietta DUI lawyer.  That's us, and we're to help.  Call us anytime at 678-215-4106. 

If you have a question for a Cobb County DUI lawyer, email it to us with some supporting facts (the more details you give, the more specific our response) and we'll do our best to answer it quickly.

Our experience as a former Magistrate Judge, Assistant attorney General and Senior Assistant County Attorney allows us to get the best possible outcomes for our clients.

About the Author

William H. Sherman

With a professional background that includes serving as a Senior Assistant County Attorney and as an Assistant Attorney General, attorney William H. Sherman has great experience, a broad range of legal knowledge and a proven record of success.  Each of Mr. Sherman's clients gets the full benefit of his experience.  Because attorney Sherman has worked for governmental organizations, large corporations and clerked for a judge, he has handled a wide variety of cases from negotiation and trial to successful appeal. Mr. Sherman is very proud of his reputation as a problem-solver who is always available to his clients.  Active in the community, Mr. Sherman and his wife, attorney Valerie Sherman, support many community organizations, sports teams and charities.  Call him now and let his experience work for you.


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

What our clients say...

“I just wanted to write to say that I feel so lucky to have chosen the Sherman Law Group as my attorneys. I was going through such a very difficult legal situation. It was emotionally charged and draining. But Valerie Sherman and Bill Sherman were so supportive, hardworking and helpful. I loved that the firm was always updating me and letting me know what was going on in my case. You always returned my calls and emails. Thank you all for making it work out great for me.”

What our clients say...

“I wanted to thank you for giving me back my life after many awful months. My family and I want to thank you very much for representing my case. We are so grateful to have such wonderful attorneys like you. I know I can rely on you. We will always recommend you to those who are in need of the services of a law firm. We were so happy and excited this morning as we heard the announcement by the Judge. You are such wonderful people at The Sherman Law Group.”