Driving Under the Influence of Drugs in California
Ventura DUID Attorney Offers Tough Defense
California Vehicle Code § 23152 states that driving under the influence of drugs is an unlawful act for
any individual to commit. Typically, alcohol is associated with charges
for driving under the influence (DUI). Driving under the influence of
drugs (DUID) arrests involve people who have been operating a motor vehicle
while intoxicated with any type of drug. Under the state law, it is illegal
for drivers of motor vehicles to be impaired by alcohol, illegal drugs,
or medication while operating the vehicle. Any substance that can affect
an individual’s nervous system, besides alcohol, is considered a
drug in this context. If you are facing an arrest for driving under the
influence of drugs, speak with our
Ventura DUI attorneys at The Law Offices of Jarrod M. Wilfert today!
Information Regarding Narcotic / Drug DUIs
Drivers must be aware of the side effects that medications can cause. Whether
you are influenced by an over-the-counter medication, prescription medication,
or illegal substance, you can be arrested for driving under the influence
of drugs. Mental and physical abilities can be impaired with even a minor
amount of a drug which, as a result, can affect the driver’s ability
to properly operate a vehicle. If you are pulled over under suspicion
of a DUID, you are held to California’s implied consent law. You
automatically give your consent to take a chemical test to determine your
level of intoxication when you obtain a California driver’s license.
What are the penalties for driving under the influence of drugs?
DUID charges are different than DUI of alcohol charges because there is
no set intoxication measurement standard. Depending on many factors, such
as your state of intoxication, you can either be charged with a misdemeanor
or felony. DUIDs are prosecuted in the same manner as an
alcohol DUI. Drivers who are under suspicion of drug intoxication are subject to testing
by a drug recognition expert (DRE). Our team’s lead attorney, who
is also a former Ventura DUI prosecutor, is a trained drug recognition
expert and knows how to analyze and challenge evidence against you.
Contact the Law Offices of Jarrod M. Wilfert today!