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.
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:
- Heavy eyelids
- Dilated or constricted pupils
- 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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free criminal consultation.