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What Happens if I’m Convicted of a Drug DUI Charge in California?

When someone is accused of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they have a lot to worry about. Even a drug DUI can have significant and lasting impacts on a person’s life. Our firm has helped countless people who were up against drug DUI charges over the years, and we are prepared to assist you and fight your charges, every step of the way. Continue reading and speak with our Red Bluff criminal lawyer to learn more about drug DUIs in California and how our firm can help you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the penalties for a drug DUI charge in the state of California?

Though many people consider driving while under the influence of drugs, especially prescription drugs, to not be as bad as driving while under the influence of alcohol. However, this is simply not the case. Both are just as dangerous, and both can lead to serious accidents and injuries. Unfortunately, those who are arrested for driving while under the influence of drugs are often faced with very serious consequences that can haunt them for years down the road. Some of the potential consequences you may face for a drug DUI (formally called a DUID) in the state of California are as follows:

  • A driver’s license suspension
  • Potential incarceration
  • Court-ordered enrollment in California DUI school
  • For a first offense, a $1,800 fine

You should also note that in some instances, a DUID will warrant felony charges, especially if there are certain aggravating factors present. For example, if you injured a person as you drove your vehicle while under the influence of drugs, you will most likely face a felony. Additionally, if this is your fourth or subsequent DUI, you will most likely face felony charges. If you are convicted of a felony DUI in California, you may spend up to four years in jail, as well as face other serious penalties, such as high fines. The bottom line is that no one should have to face DUI charges on their own, and if you find yourself in this situation, you need an experienced Red Bluff criminal lawyer on your side. Give us a call today.


Here at Cohen Criminal Law, we believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Our mission is to defend your rights, and we are committed to that mission. We will be your number one advocate through every step of the process. Attorney Cohen has fought on behalf of those charged with crimes and traffic violations for over 30 years, and he is ready to fight for you, too. Contact Cohen Criminal Law today to schedule your free initial consultation with our firm.