Prescription Drug DUI in Santa Barbara

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DUI cases involving substances other than alcohol have become more prevalent in Santa Barbara and Ventura County. According to California law, driving under the influence of any controlled substance is considered unlawful, including prescription and over-the-counter medications. If convicted of driving under the influence of prescription drugs, you will face severe penalties and increased insurance rates.

At Appel & Morse, we can review your case and determine all of your available legal options in order to obtain the most favorable outcome possible. With more than three decades of combined experience, our Santa Barbara DUI attorneys can help you navigate through the complexities of the legal system and protect your rights, reputation, and freedom.

Evidence of Prescription Drug Use While Driving

Evidence brought by the arresting officer and a Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) can be held against you in court. DREs are trained specialists who possess a thorough understanding of controlled substances and their effects on drugged drivers.

During the investigation, the arresting officer and DRE may determine that you are under the influence of prescription drugs if you display the following symptoms:

  • Drowsiness
  • Heavy eyelids
  • Dilated or constricted pupils
  • Nausea
  • Slow breathing or heart rate
  • Slowed or mumbled speech

The penalties for drugged driving are the same as the penalties for a standard DUI. The first offense is punishable by a jail sentence of up to six months, a fine of up to $1,000, and driver’s licenses suspension for a maximum six months.

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Our legal team can investigate your arrest, collect evidence, and develop an effective and customized defense strategy for you. As a former deputy district attorney, our Santa Barbara DUI lawyer can anticipate how the prosecution will approach your case, giving you an upper hand in court. Let our criminal defense team fight for you immediately!

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