Drug-Related DUI Attorney in La Mesa

How Do Drugged Driving Charges Differ from Alcohol DUI Offenses?

While driving under the influence, or DUI, includes both alcohol and drug-impaired driving offenses, there are a few differences in how the two situations are prosecuted. In California, drug-related DUIs are often informally referred to as “drugged driving” and include any instance in which an individual drives a motor vehicle while impaired by any substance, legal or illegal. A common misconception is that drugged driving only refers to illicit substances, but this is not the case. You can be charged with drug-related DUI if a prescription or over-the-counter medication impairs your ability to drive.

Some of the key differences between alcohol-related DUIs and drug-related DUIs include:

  • Drug-related DUIs cannot be measured on blood alcohol content (BAC)
  • In drugged driving cases, drivers are given a blood or urine test, rather than a breath test
  • Most drug-related DUI cases in California require observation by a Drug Recognition Expert
  • In drugged driving cases, the driver’s license is not automatically suspended (with exceptions)

Additionally, there is no official set limit at which an individual can be charged with drug-related DUI. Because of these differences, the defense for drug-related DUI is also slightly different. As an experienced drug-related DUI attorney in La Mesa, I have years of experience handling these types of complex cases. I understand how frightening it can be to face drugged driving charges, which is why I take the time to help you understand the process as I skillfully navigate the legal system on your behalf.

To discuss your drug-related DUI case, reach out to my office at (619) 304-8499 for a free phone consultation. I’m happy to answer your questions and address your concerns.

Types of Drugs that Can Lead to DUI Convictions

As mentioned above, even over-the-counter or legally prescribed drugs can lead to a DUI conviction if the drug impairs your ability to drive. Marijuana, which was recently legalized in the state of California, can still impair driving ability and remains one of the most common substances that leads to drug-related DUI arrests.

Other types of drugs that can lead to drugged driving charges and convictions include:

  • Cold and flu medicine
  • Sleeping medications
  • Cough syrup
  • Prescription medications
  • Marijuana (whether legal or illegal)
  • Controlled substances, such as cocaine, opiates, or methamphetamine
  • Muscle relaxers
  • Certain anxiety medications

This list is certainly not exhaustive. If you were arrested for drug-related DUI for any of the above or another substance, it’s important to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. In many cases, it is more difficult for the prosecution to prove that a drug impaired your driving ability. However, this does not mean that you are more likely to avoid a conviction. As your La Mesa DUI lawyer, I am committed to protecting your rights and building a strong DUI defense on your behalf. With more than 29 years as a licensed attorney, I understand how to defend against drugged driving charges and help you avoid the life-altering consequences of a conviction.

Contact my office online or by phone at (619) 304-8499 today to learn more about how I can help you with your case.

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