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Drug Related DUIs

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 27 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.

Case Results

Take a look at my victories!
  • Charges Reduced Client was having an affair and got pregnant. In a heightened sense of distress, my client decided it would be best for her and her 4 year old daughter to pass. She gave her liquid drain cleaner thinking she would die peacefully. She was going to then kill herself. Instead, her daughter started choking and coughing. My client snapped out of her emotional state and called for help. My client faced many years in prison. We negotiated with the Deputy District Attorney and she received a few years in prison.
  • Dismissed Client was charged with a battery against her husband. He called the police after she threw something and it hit him during a late night argument. She was sentenced to 3 years of informal probation. After 18 months we petitioned the Court to have her probation terminated our request was granted, her probation was terminated early and her case was dismissed.
  • Custody Granted My client has lived out of state for many years and the father was not allowing her to see her 2 children. After much negotiation we reached a very favorable written agreement an hour before our court hearing, and the Judge made it an order. Mom will now have her kids at her home for 4 weeks in the summer, every other holiday and get to talk with them privately as much as they want to talk. She will get to spend Christmas with her children in her home for the first time in 10 years!
  • Custody Granted

    I successfully helped a client have his 15-year old daughter move into his residence. The child’s mother was against him having physical custody at first. After many negotiations, we were able to reach an agreement without having to go to court. We turned the agreement into a court order to officially conclude the case amicably.

  • Custody Maintained

    My client had a difficult time with arranging child custody with his child’s mother. The mother wanted their 12-year old son to start 6th grade at a different middle school than originally planned. The mother also wanted full legal and physical custody of the child, despite this not being a reasonable arrangement. We took the case to court and managed to secure my client everything he wanted out of the child custody arrangement, which included keeping his son at the middle school in his neighborhood.

  • Payments Reduced

    My client has been out-of-work for a while and his ex-wife was self-employed. When attempting to settle a child support agreement, there came many moments of dispute and disagreement in considering incomes and the child’s needs. My client had already been paying child support through the Department of Child Support Services (DCSS). We were able to arrange a hearing and — with the mediator’s help — reach a reasonable resolution that gives my client sufficient time to get back on his feet financially by decreasing his support for a specific time.

  • Divorce Settled

    I represented a client going through a particularly messy divorce. After much negotiation, we were able to reach a fair settlement without having to go to trial.

  • Divorce Finalized Finished a nasty divorce case in less than 6 months, which included the sale of the family home and division of assets and debts with much negotiation needed. Our judgment packet was filed with the Court, had no mistakes (they often find some reason to send paperwork back many times) and the divorce is final.
  • No Custody Client swerved and hit a parked car. Her blood alcohol content was a.30, over 3 times the legal limit.
  • No Custody Client got arrested for the first DUI, we resolved it and shortly after he got a second DUI. Residential program instead of custody, and volunteer work instead of public work service.

Professional Help When You Need It Most

  • I treat my clients like family, not case numbers. My clients get the personal attention that their case deserves.
  • When you call my office, you get me! You will not be handed off. I live and breathe your case and I will be with you every step of the way.
  • As a mother of two, I understand it is important to do what's best for you and your family. You can trust, I will do just that for you.
  • I truly care about my clients and am here to help them with any legal matter they are facing.
  • I have your best interest at heart and in mind. I will patiently listen to what you want, need and value.
  • We will strategize and develop a game plan that will help you achieve your goals all while staying within your budget.

Hear From Others
I Have Helped

  • She listened very well, patiently helped me understand my next steps, and provided me with good resources.

    “I consulted with Andrea on my difficult child custody case. She listened very well, patiently helped me understand my next steps, and provided me with good resources.”

    Brian Hansen

  • She was well organized, professional and I would definitely recommend Andrea!

    “Andrea helped me with my custody case. She was very attentive to me, my emails and my questions. She always answered me promptly and always made time for my case, which I truly appreciated. She was very helpful with my declaration and direction of my case, making sure we were fully prepared before we started the process. She was well organized, professional and I would definitely recommend Andrea!”


  • Very Helpful and Knowledgeable

    “I called The law office of Andrea Schneider for information, as I am in the middle of a custody issue. Andrea is the most knowledgeable and caring Attorney I’ve spoken with. She helped me understand so much. It was nice to have a pleasant experience through these tough times. I look forward to doing business with her in the future , if necessary. And I’m very happy to have found someone who was so nice and intellectual.”

    Former Client

  • It was a comforting knowing she was in my corner.

    “Andrea is a very patient and understanding lawyer and ensured I received a positive outcome. Her attention to detail and professional manner lead to a surprisingly, amicable solution in a potentially costly, contentious case. It was a comforting knowing she was in my corner and greatly reduced my stress going into the case. Thanks Andrea!”


  • Andrea has worked hard on my case and I am very very grateful for that

    “No one would ever believe how much Andrea has helped me go through this. She has helped me keep my spirits up when I have been at my lowest point in my life. I never thought I’d be getting a divorce from someone I once loved. I would refer her to any of my friends. Andrea has worked hard on my case and I am very very grateful for that. I would probably have given up and just taken what ever I could get. She is a great lawyer.”