DUI & Drugs Defense in San Diego

How can a DUI attorney help me?

It is widely known that it is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol, defined as having a BAC over the legal limit of .08 as verified by a breath or blood test. Did you know that t is also illegal to drive while under the influence of drugs (DUID)? The law surrounding DUI with drugs is complicated, as some drugs are illegal, some prescribed, some available over-the-counter, etc. The law is clear- no matter what type of drug you are on, if it impairs your ability to drive, you are breaking the law by operating a vehicle while under its influence.

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If you have been arrested for DUID, contact a San Diego DUI lawyer today to discuss your case and your options. There are many viable defenses in a DUI with drugs case, and an experienced attorney can help you fight your charges.

What penalties may I face for a DUID?

When facing DUID charges, it is essential that you have an experienced, aggressive, and knowledgeable DUI attorney who understands the laws and will give you the most effective and powerful defense. Attorney Mark R. De Yoe has 28 years of experience handling DUI cases in San Diego and can give you the aggressive defense your case needs.

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, you can expect to incur the following penalties:

Thankfully, there are always defenses to accusations that have been leveled against you. Our San Diego DUI defense lawyer can prove that you were not under the influence simply because you had drugs in your system, that the supposed signs of intoxications were caused by other physical symptoms or that the blood or urine sample taken by law enforcement was not properly handled or stored. The best defense is an early defense, so contact us as soon as possible after being arrested.

What is considered a drug in California?

Drugs are considered to be any substance that can impair your nervous system, brain, and muscles, and you are thought to be under the influence when you are no longer able to operate to motor vehicle in the same fashion someone that is sober would be able to. This even applies to substances that you have a valid prescription for.

You may have also been arrested for driving under the influence in connection with your use of prescription pharmaceuticals. Medical marijuana, Vicodin and even antibiotics may have warranted your arrest. There is really no quantifiable way to determine whether or not a prescription drug impaired the judgment of a driver. The only evidence that an officer may be able to obtain is whether or not the drug was in a person's system. This evidence could be obtained by way of a blood test.

If you were arrested while under the influence of any of the following illegal narcotics, it is essential that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine
  • LSD
Should you have the illegal or prescription drug in your possession, you may incur additional charges such as drug possession. Hiring an attorney will give you the best shot at defeating your drug charges and protecting you from the harsh DUI penalties that go along with conviction, and can be even stiffer if you are convicted of DUID.

Get a Proven Defense Lawyer On Your Side

Having handled over 1,000 DUI cases, Attorney De Yoe understands the complexities of DUI law and will fight for you throughout every step of the process. To learn more about our firm or to have your case evaluated absolutely free of charge, contact Attorney Mark R. De Yoe today!