DUI Drugs in Brea
In the city of Brea as in the rest of the state of California, if you are found to be driving while under the influence of drugs, you can be arrested and convicted under California Vehicle Code 23152(e). California Vehicle Code 23152(f) makes it illegal to drive under the influence of both drugs and any alcoholic drink.
According to California law, a drug is any substance, apart from alcohol, that can affect a person's nervous system, brain or muscles. As such, it is not only hard drugs like heroin or cocaine that can get you arrested for a drug DUI, but you can also be arrested if you are under the influence of prescription drugs like Adderall or Ambien.How Is a DUID Arrest Determined?
Since, unlike alcohol, there is no quantitative threshold like a blood alcohol concentration that can be used to define driving under the influence of drugs, an arresting officer, prosecution and court must rely on:
- The arresting officer's assessment and observations and
- The testimony of an expert witness
The arresting officer's assessment will usually be based on:
- Witnessing unsafe driving
- The driver's physical appearance or
- The results of a sobriety test
Penalties for a DUID are much like those of a DUI alcohol conviction. The punishment will also be influenced by the specific circumstances of the case, criminal history, and prior DUI convictions.
Generally, you will, however, face county jail time, probation of up to 5 years, a fine, suspension of your driver's license and attending California DUI school.
If you are arrested for a drug DUI, it is important that you call a competent attorney with experience in defending DUI drugs charges.
Call the Johnson Criminal Law Group today to get started on your case.