While personal possession of drugs in California is a simple infraction, if a police officer believes that you used drugs and then drove a car, you can be prosecuted for driving under the influence of drugs (DUID), just like a DUI. California Vehicle Code 23152 makes it illegal to drive while under the influence of a drug, under the influence of drugs and alcohol combined, or addicted to the use of a drug and not participating in an approved treatment program. If you’ve been charged with a DUID, it’s time to hire a drug-related DUI charges defense attorney from Koenig Law Office as soon as possible.
CALIFORNIA DUID LAWS
Under California DUID law, being under the influence means the substance impaired your ability to drive so you couldn’t use the same caution you would if you were sober. There’s no legal limit regarding the amount of drugs that you can have in your system – any amount can result in a drug-related DUI charge in Bakersfield. It also doesn’t matter if the drug was legally prescribed.
PENALTIES FOR A DUID IN BAKERSFIELD
A drug-related DUI conviction can lead to a permanent criminal record, hefty fines, potential jail time, and even license suspension. With the help of a drug-related DUI charges defense lawyer, your rights can be protected every step of the legal process. The penalties you face will depend on whether you’ve had other DUIs in the past and if you have an existing criminal history. Our legal team can help you to avoid the worst penalties you’re facing.
IMPLIED CONSENT AND BLOOD TESTING
If you’ve been suspected of drugged driving, you will be asked to give a blood sample to determine if drugs are in your body. Under the implied consent law you agree to when you receive a driver’s license in California, you agree to submit to this type of testing when arrested for any type of DUI. You may refuse to give a sample, but if you do you face automatic suspension of your license and an enhanced penalty if you’ve been convicted of the DUID charge. If someone gets into an accident when driving under the influence of drugs or are unconscious, an officer may get a warrant for a forced blood draw at a hospital or medical facility.