Defending Against Drugged Driving Charges
Most people think of DUI as driving under the influence of alcohol. They forget that police also arrest motorists for driving under the influence of drugs, both prescription and controlled substances such as marijuana or cocaine. Under California law, a motorist can be charged with “driving under the influence” if any substance has impaired his or her ability to drive safely.
At Cohen Criminal Law, attorney Gregg S. Cohen defends clients against charges of driving under the influence of drugs. A conviction can result in the same penalties you may face for a DUI involving alcohol. This includes hefty fines, court costs and possible jail time, plus mandatory drug treatment and the possibility – indeed, the likelihood – that your auto insurance coverage will increase.
How DUI For Drugs Is Prosecuted
There is no legal limit to the amount of drugs that can be in your system to warrant an arrest for DUI. If you are involved in an accident or simply pulled over for driving erratically and a law enforcement officer suspects you have drugs in your system, you may be asked to submit to a blood or urine test. Under California’s implied consent law, all drivers agree to submit to chemical testing or face penalties if they decline. This includes suspension of your driver’s license for one year regardless of the outcome of your DUI case.
Mr. Cohen is a former district attorney and federal prosecutor who understands how difficult it can be to prove a DUI drug charge. There may be wide range of causes other than drugs in your system that may have caused your impairment, including illness or drowsiness.
Act Promptly Following A DUI Arrest
It is important to enlist the help of a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney like Mr. Cohen as soon as possible following an arrest. Do not answer questions from the police until you have an attorney present. Statements you make may incriminate you and make it more difficult to defend against the charges.
Call 530-763-1137 or use the contact form on this website to schedule a consultation if you are facing drug charges in Red Bluff, Redding or the surrounding Northern California areas. Mr. Cohen is a dedicated, experienced trial attorney who wants to ensure that each of his clients is protected and expertly guided as they go through the criminal justice system.