When most people think of DUI, they think of being pulled over after drinking too much alcohol. However, you can be charged with driving under the influence of marijuana or other drugs. It is even possible to be charged with DUI if you are operating a vehicle under the influence of prescription drugs – even if you have a valid prescription and are taking them as directed.
This means that even if you were not drunk when you were pulled over, if you were driving under the influence of marijuana or another drug, then you may be facing all the same consequences as a “regular” DUI, including:
While the potential consequences are almost identical, the defense of DUI drug is not. Why is that? DUI charges involving alcohol are generally made based on the results of a breathalyzer test that determines whether the individual had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or above.
However, a breathalyzer will not determine the presence or amount of other types of drugs. This makes these types of cases different. We understand these differences and will work towards the best possible result for clients facing DUI drug charges in Fresno.
When law enforcement suspects that an individual is driving under the influence of drugs, they must use another type of chemical test, such as a blood or urine test. In addition, they may use the arresting officers’ observations about other factors, including:
Whether you were driving erratically
Your physical appearance
How you performed on field sobriety tests
Your conduct and statements to the arresting officer
Blood and urine tests are usually completed after you have been arrested and taken into custody. While some officers are considered “drug recognition experts,” others are not. This means that the arresting officer’s ability to determine whether your appearance, behavior, or other factors were the result of drug intoxication can be very important in your defense.
Our goal is to thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your stop and arrest to determine whether or not you should have been charged in the first place. We understand the law as well as prosecutorial procedure, and use that understanding to craft an individualized defense on behalf of our clients.
If you have been charged with a DUI involving marijuana or other drugs in Fresno or anywhere in the Central Valley, contact us today for a free and confidential consultation.