DUI/Drugs (VC 23152(a))
After an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs, a person has a tough battle ahead. When facing a violation of California Vehicle Code §23152(a), it is helpful to access as much information as possible about your legal rights and options for a strong defense. An experienced Ventura attorney at The Law Offices of Daniel E. Kann can help you understand the complexities of the criminal justice system and how to handle charges relating to DUI of drugs. Call Daniel E. Kann today for a free consultation.
What Counts as a DUI of Drugs Charge?
Just as it is illegal for a person to drive a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, it is illegal for a person to drive a vehicle while under the influence of a drug or drugs.
In addition, it is also a violation for an individual who is addicted to the use of any drug to drive a vehicle. However, this may not apply to someone involved in a narcotic treatment program under Article 3 (commencing with Section 11875) of Chapter 1 of Part 3 of Division 10.5 of the Health and Safety Code.
Charges for DUI of drugs may result in harsher punishments if the motorist is also accused of driving under the combined influence of alcohol and a drug or drugs.
Depending on the circumstances of an arrest, even if a motorist is taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs, he or she may be charged with DUI of drugs.
The Risks of a Conviction
A DUI of drugs conviction can not only be financially detrimental due to steep fines and other expenses, but also result in jail time, driving restrictions, community services, and other consequences.
Punishment for DUI of drugs becomes more consequential if the charge is tied to drug possession, being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia, drug manufacturing, drug trafficking, and/or drug possession for sale.
When your future, finances, and reputation is on the line, it is crucial to try to remain calm and plan for how to defend your rights. The prosecution has the burden of proof in your case and it is not easy to go up against highly skilled legal professionals without one of your own fighting for you. A Ventura defense lawyer can help you familiarize yourself with the laws surrounding your case to apply effective strategies to uphold your good name.
Defending Your Rights
Arrests for DUI of drugs are capable of being made by mistaking a medical condition, sleep deprivation, or even emotional turmoil, for drug intoxication. In incidents where a motorist was under the influence of drugs, charges may still be reduced or dropped based on a wide range of factors. It is important to discuss the possible benefits of entering a plea bargain or drug diversion with your attorney. These options are not always the best course of action for every case, but they may apply to you.
Do not delay in getting the legal guidance and representation that you need and deserve. Daniel E. Kann has obtained successful case results for numerous clients throughout Ventura County. For a free consultation, fill out a contact form or call (888) 744-7730 as soon as possible.