Drug-Related DUI Charges
Arrested for drugged driving in California?
It is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol, as well as under
the influence of drugs. "Drugs" is a broad term that encompasses
many different substances. While some drugs are legal to use, it may be
illegal to drive while you are taking them. Other drugs are illegal under
all circumstances. Most drug DUIs are discovered with the help of a blood test.
Blood Tests & Drug DUI Cases
If you are pulled over by an officer, and he or she believes you are under
the influence of a drug, the officer can demand that you submit to a blood
test. Refusing to do so can result in serious penalties. The blood sample
will be sent to a lab for testing, and if the sample analysts determine
that you have traces of a drug in your blood, you can be arrested and
tried. Unlike alcoholic DUIs, which are measured based on a blood alcohol
content (BAC) limit, driving with any trace of drugs in your system is
illegal and can result in arrest.
Common Drugs in DUI Cases
It is against the law to drive with an illegal substance in your system, such as:
- Synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 and Spice
If you are arrested with illegal drugs in your system, you may be charged
with additional crimes. In addition to receiving a drug DUI charge, you
may face penalties for possession of a narcotic. A possession charge can
be very serious. Our firm also handles drug crimes, so don't hesitate
to get Ronald Dinan & Associates on your side right away.
Some drugs are illegal without a prescription in California. Even if you
have a valid prescription for a legal pharmaceutical, you could potentially
be charged with DUI if you are caught driving with traces of such a drug
in your system.
Some of the prescription drugs that can result in a DUI arrest include:
Many people don't realize that even over-the-counter drugs can result
in charges for DUI of drugs. Often, these drugs are evaluated on a case-by-case
basis. A patient taking over-the-counter medications probably won't
be convicted for a DUI charge unless the medication caused extreme drowsiness
or was used excessively.
Some over-the-counter medications that can lead to DUI charges include:
- Tylenol PM
In the state of California, marijuana is legal for certain approved medical
purposes. If a person is caught with traces of marijuana in his or her
blood while driving, however, that individual can be charged with DUI
even if he or she has a prescription. Unfortunately, traces of marijuana
can remain in a person's system for weeks; therefore, you may want
to refrain from smoking, even for medical purposes, if you plan to drive.
With the right lawyer there to assist you, you can trust that your drug
DUI case is in good hands.
Our firm's accessible offices
in Santa Rosa, Lakeport, Eureka, Napa, Ukiah, and San Rafael mean that
our attorneys are where you need them to be. Don't hesitate to
contact our firm to learn how our experience can defend you against criminal charges.