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Driving under the influence, or a DUI, can include both driving under the influence of alcohol as well as driving under the influence of drugs. If you’ve been driving under the influence of drugs, or a DUID, you’re going to want to get legal assistance to help your case as quickly as possible.
“Drugs” have a pretty loose definition. Technically, caffeine is considered a drug, but you’re not going to get a DUID for drinking too much coffee. In the case of a “driving under the influence of drugs” law, drugs are considered anything that could influence the behavior of your nervous system, brain, or muscles. In the case of a DUID, alcohol is not considered a drug.
Driving under the influence of drugs can include illegal drugs, like cocaine, heroin, or marijuana. It may also include prescription drugs that have the ability to affect your driving skills, including medically-prescribed marijuana. In some circumstances, even taking over the counter drugs could lead to a driving under the influence of drugs charge.
If the drugs that were taken before driving would prevent you from driving like a sober, alert individual, you can receive a DUID.
In the state of California, there can be some steep penalties. In most situations, the penalties for driving under the influence of drugs are the same as driving under the influence of alcohol.
As a misdemeanor, someone facing a driving under the influence of drugs charge is probably looking at between 3 to 5 years of probation, fines, a suspended driver’s license, and possibly some time in jail depending on previous records or area of arrest.
A driving under the influence of drugs charge is not always a misdemeanor. It can become a felony if it is your fourth DUI offense, you already have a felony DUI conviction, or your driving under the influence of drugs caused an accident that injured other individuals.
A driving under the influence of drugs charge has the power to change your life – and not for the better. If you are facing a DUID charge, you’ll want to contact an expert attorney as quickly as possible to develop a defense and keep your record clean.
To defend a DUID charge, there are actually a number of defenses that a legal team can take – but the faster you contact a team, the more time they will have to create an airtight story as to why you don’t deserve to be charged with driving under the influence of drugs. The defenses that your legal team might take include claiming that drugs did not impair your ability to drive, but rather a physical condition like exhaustion or anxiety was the reason. They may also claim that the samples of your blood or urine was out of compliance with the procedures of California’s Title 17.
There are a number of different defenses that our legal team may make in the event of a driving under the influence of drugs charge, but the most important part is seeking the legal help you need as quickly as possible. A DUI of Drugs in Los Angeles is not something that you will want to ignore.
Our team of legal professionals will do everything in our power to ensure that you do not receive harsh penalties for your DUID charge. We will discuss the incident with you, gather all the details, and work diligently to provide a defense that fits your situation. Contact our law office today to get started on your defense.