DUI on Drugs in California
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Aside from driving under the influence of alcohol, it is illegal for an individual to drive under the influence of any drug, including prescription medication. This type of DUI charge is also associated with severe penalties and a mark on your criminal record, potentially ruining your reputation, so it’s important to not contest your case on your own.
You could be charged with DUI while driving the under the influence of, but not limited to, the following:
- Prescription drugs, such as Vicodin
- Over-the-counter drugs, such as diphenhydramine (found in Tylenol)
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) in California, our Santa Barbara DUI lawyers are dedicated to protecting your rights, reputation and freedom. With over 40 years of collective experience, we possess the comprehensive knowledge of state driving laws and court proceedings to help you navigate through the complexities of your case.
According to California Vehicle Code 23152, it is unlawful for a person who is addicted to the use of any controlled substance to operate a motor vehicle, who is under the influence of any drug to operate a motor vehicle, and who is under the influence of any combination of alcohol and drugs to operate a motor vehicle. While there is no fixed amount of drugs within the blood system which determines conviction, a DUID is typically a misdemeanor,
However, a DUID offense can be charged as a felony if:
- It’s a fourth or subsequent DUI offense
- Have one prior felony DUI conviction
- Driving results in an accident which seriously injures a third party
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At Appel & Morse, our Santa Barbara DUI attorneys can conduct their own investigation in your case, gather and analyze evidence in order to develop a relentless defense strategy for you. As former deputy district attorneys who have prosecuted a variety of cases, we can anticipate how prosecutors will approach your case. Do not hesitate to obtain experienced and skilled criminal defense necessary to reduce your charges, or even have your case entirely dismissed.
At Appel & Morse, we work to ensure our clients understand what is happening with their cases and how to best defend their interests. Our mission is to obtain the best results based on a true understanding of each client's unique circumstances.