DUI & Drugs Charges
Arrested for Driving While on Drugs?
According to California law, drugs are defined as substances that can impair your mind, body, or nervous system. It is illegal to drive under the influence of either drugs or alcohol, according to California Vehicle Code 23152(a). You are considered to be legally intoxicated or impaired if you can no longer operate your vehicle safely or with the same skills as a sober individual. You may be arrested for DUI of drugs and subject to conviction no matter if these drugs are illegal drugs, prescription drugs, or over-the-counter drugs, such as a sleep aid.
DUI cases that involve drugs are far more complicated than alcohol-related DUI cases because there is no way to determine excessive blood toxicity. In normal DUI arrests, a driver can be arrested for having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or greater. This may work to your benefit, however, as the burden of proof in court for DUI and drug cases lies on the prosecutor.
Penalties for DUI & Drug Convictions
DUI of drugs cases in California are typically filed as a misdemeanor case except under certain circumstances. Your arrest may be considered a felony if you have three or more DUI offenses, if you have previously been convicted of a DUI felony, or if your reckless driving has caused an injury to a third party. These cases cannot be taken lightly because the penalties at stake have the ability to drastically impact the rest of your life.
While the penalties for DUI of drugs are typically the same as the penalties for cases involving alcohol, aggravating factors can significantly increase them. Once again, this is all the more reason why you should already be teaming up with a trusted and experienced DUI with drugs defense lawyer.
The typical DUI and drugs conviction may include:
- DUI probation for 3 to 5 years
- Costly fines that are typically $1,800 for a first offense
- Completion of a California DUI school
- Driver's license suspension
- Possible jail sentence
One of the ways that you may be able to avoid these penalties is by negotiating your offense to a charge for reckless driving. Fullerton DUI and drugs defense Attorney Jacqueline Goodman is recognized by local courts and can work with prosecutors to change your charge. With her experience in your corner, you stand a stronger chance of ending your case with minimal penalties, if any at all.
Getting Your DUI Charges Dismissed or Reduced
Without the help of a qualified criminal defense lawyer, you may be helpless to defend your rights against the prosecutor assigned to your case. At the Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman in Fullerton, clients can work with a DUI with drugs defense attorney with experience, reputation, and advanced legal knowledge. Attorney Goodman takes a detailed approach to defending your rights and will not rest until she has built a strong defense strategy on your behalf. She uses a variety of defensive strategies to fight DUI charges, and she knows how to customize your defense to your unique circumstances and needs.
Police officers have no way of knowing how a certain drug is affecting your body and if you are truly impaired to the point where you are endangering other drivers. A cornerstone of her defense strategy may be proving that normal physical conditions, such as fatigue or anxiety, were mistaken for symptoms of drug impairment. Across her 20+ years in practice, she has also been able to use her extensive understanding of blood and breath tests and sciences to prove that DUI with drug arrests are based on faulty chemical evidence.
Whatever your charges may be, you can count on Fullerton Attorney Jacqueline Goodman to fight for your rights and your freedom.