Drug DUI Defense Attorney in San Diego
Driving Under the Influence of Drugs & Its Consequences
Most people understand that driving under the influence of drugs is just as illegal as drunk driving, but they may not stop to think about what that might mean. What if you just smoked a little pot hours ago? What if you have a prescription for your pain medication? In California, anytime your physical and mental abilities are so impaired that you can no longer drive with the caution and prudence of a sober driver, you may be charged with driving under the influence of drugs or driving under the influence of a combination of drugs and alcohol.
You could find yourself facing multiple separate driving under the influence (DUI) charges, depending on what you have in your system at the time of your arrest. You should always have a skilled DUI lawyer by your side during this process. The team at The Law Offices of G. Cole Casey is prepared to help you. Attorney G. Cole Casey has a regional reputation for being a leader in DUI defense and knows how to fight for your legal rights, no matter the situation.
Schedule your initial consultation by calling our firm at (888) 412-6491 or reaching out online.
The Difference with a Drug DUI
For the most part, a drug DUI is similar to a drunk driving DUI. When an officer pulls you over on suspicion of DUI, they will likely ask you to submit to a breath test. If you pass that test, they will ask you to submit to a blood test for drugs. Unlike alcohol, however, the state does not have a standard method for measuring drugs in your system. Rather, it must show that whatever drugs you did have in your system impaired your driving. In addition to the DUI penalties, you could also face drug charges if you have possession of illegal drugs.
Problems With Prescription Medication
Too often, people assume that as long as a drug is legal, they are safe to drive. When it comes to driving, the legality of the drug has little to do with it. Even some over-the-counter drugs are unsafe to take when you are driving, such as certain cold or allergy medications. Many of our clients are people on legal medication for health issues who either did not realize it could affect their driving or combined the medication with alcohol, unaware of the consequences. Because of the lack of standards, these cases can quickly become complex and difficult to navigate. Having the right lawyer is crucial. Our team knows how to handle them and will guide you through the process.
Find Out How We Can Help
To find out what we can do for you, please contact our San Diego office for a free initial consultation. To schedule an appointment, please call (888) 412-6491 or reach out using our online form.
I was not drunk. Can I be charged with DUI for smoking marijuana or taking prescription medications?If you were arrested for DUI but didn’t have alcohol in your system, you can still be charged with DUI. There are a number different charges associated with misdemeanor and felony DUI. You can be charged with an (f) count if you consumed any intoxicating drugs, regardless of whether they are illegal or prescription. But, if you were under the influence of both alcohol and drugs, then you can be charged with an (e) count for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Aren’t the police supposed to read me my Miranda rights?It seems like common sense that an officer must read you your Miranda rights. Although this is true in a situation where you are being interrogated, for purposes of DUI, you don’t have that same right. Many times an officer will ask you questions prior to administering field sobriety tests and placing you under arrest. These questions have been classified as “pre-investigatory” questions and are not subject to Miranda. Therefore, it is important you speak with an experience DUI Defense Firm to know whether or not the failure to read you your rights will affect your case.
I was involved in an accident and someone was injured. Will I be charged with a Felony?Maybe. You can be charged with Felony DUI whenever anyone other than yourself is injured. Even if the injuries were to a friend and their injuries are minor, you can still be charged with a felony. Penalties for a Felony DUI can be severe because your can face time in prison.