Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

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California has some of the strictest laws in the country regarding DUI, and it should come as no surprise that these laws extend to driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) as well. This isn't just limited to illicit drugs; many people fail to realize that they can be arrested for DUID even if the drugs in their system are prescribed to them.

If you’ve been arrested for DUID, it’s crucial to contact a Temecula DUI lawyer who has experience with drug-related cases. You’ll find the strong legal representation you need at Davis Wojcik Duarte, A Professional Law Corporation. Our Temecula DUI attorneys have more than five decades of legal experience and will put that experience to work for you when you hire us.

What Are the Penalties for DUID?

The consequences of a drug DUI conviction should not be taken lightly. While DUID is generally a misdemeanor charge, you may face a felony if you have had four or more DUIs in the past, any prior felony DUI convictions, or if your driving caused an injury.

The penalties for a misdemeanor drug DUI conviction include:

  • Fines of at least $390
  • Minimum six-month suspension of your driver’s license
  • Three to five years of DUI probation
  • Up to one year in prison
  • Drug education class for at least three months

These penalties are just the tip of the iceberg if a person is convicted of such a crime.

How Do I Fight DUID Charges?

Unlike in alcohol DUI cases, drug cases have no baseline for intoxication. Blood tests can confirm that a drug is in your system but aren’t able to tell you how much is present. This means that the prosecution will rely much more on the testimony of a police officer and drug recognition expert to prove that you were under the influence. Our skilled Temecula DUI attorney can turn this into an advantage for you.

There are a number of potential defenses against DUID, including:

  • The drugs in your system did not impair your ability to drive
  • Questioning the officer’s cause for making the initial stop
  • Fatigue or allergies mimicked signs of impairment
  • Challenging the accuracy of blood or urine tests

At the Davis Wojcik Duarte, our Temecula DUI attorneys can learn the details of your case and craft a custom–tailored defense strategy. Call (951) 667-7883 to reach our additional office in Hemet!

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