Drug-Related DUI Charges 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 0.08 as verified by a
breath or blood test.
Did you know that it 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.
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
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 lawyer can prove that:
- You were not under the influence simply because you had drugs in your system
- Supposed signs of intoxications were caused by other physical symptoms
- 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:
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
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!
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