Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
No one ever expects that they will be arrested for driving under the influence of drugs. Facing such serious charges can often leave a person feeling confused about his or her legal rights, and overwhelmed as to how such a situation should be handled. Being charged with driving under the influence of drugs can compromise your personal relationships, job stability, reputation, and financial security.
According to California Law (Vehicle Code Section 23152), it is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any drug or an individual who is addicted to a particular drug, to be operating a motor vehicle. Under the same statute, it states that similar unlawful acts apply if a person is driving a vehicle under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of these substances. If you are arrested for driving under the influence of drugs in California, you may face any or all of the following consequences:
- License suspension
- Court-approved drug or alcohol classes
- A fine of up to $1,500 or more (depending on circumstances surrounding your case)
- Points on your driving record
- Six months or more in county jail
- Community service
- Increased insurance expenses
- Impound fees
With these harsh penalties in mind, the aftermath of a driving under the influence of drugs arrest can be even more daunting if the arrested individual has a previous criminal record,prior DUI arrests or convictions, or a history of drug abuse. Other determining factors of your case may heavily rely on the speed in which you were driving, the type of illegal substances you are accused of being under the influence of, and your age. Considering that repeat offenders may face increasingly severe punishments, which include significant jail time, steep fines, and loss driver’s license, the need to contact an experienced DUI attorney is even greater.
If you or someone you care about has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs in California, it is of the utmost importance for a skilled Los Angeles DUID lawyer to be contacted. Only an attorney who has years of experience handling the many complexities of DUI charges and varying drug offenses can provide an arrested individual with the aggressive and strong defense that he or she needs. Call Lawrence Wolf at the Law Offices of Lawrence Wolf today at 1-800-YOU-ARE-INNOCENT for a free consultation of your driving under the influence of drugs case.
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