In California, it is against the law to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or greater. However, even if a person’s BAC is below the .08% limit, an officer can still charge them with a DUI if they fail field sobriety tests or if the officer finds that their mannerisms allude to intoxication. In addition to alcohol intoxication, a person can also be charged with a DUI of drugs (DUID) or DUI marijuana.
The California DUI process is lengthy and complicated. Not only does it lead to arrest and license suspension, it can also result in costly fines, probation, jail time, and sheriff work programs. Additionally, a DUI conviction that goes on your record can result in other negative consequences such as increased insurance premiums and lost employment opportunities.
Without an experienced San Diego DUI attorney like Bradley R. Corbett on your side, you could face not only a conviction of your charge, but the maximum fines and penalties that go along with it. Bradley R. Corbett has personally handled hundreds of criminal cases, many of which include DUI charges. Our highly specialized team of legal professionals will defend your case in court to help you get your charges reduced or even dismissed.
DUI of Drugs in California
Just as it is illegal to drive while intoxicated, operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs is also a serious crime that can involves jail time, community service, and heavy fines if found guilty. DUI of drugs can involve driving while under the influence of illegal substances such as marijuana or even legal substances like prescription drugs taken at illegal dosages. In short, the California DUI law defines drugs as any substance that affects the brain, muscles, or nervous system in a way that negatively affects or impairs a person’s ability to drive correctly.
While drunk driving and drugged driving are defined the same, they are carried out by different tests administered by law enforcement. When someone is pulled over for drunk driving, a breath test is administered to determine how much alcohol is present in a person’s bloodstream. Since marijuana and other drugs will not register in a breath test, the individual may be subject to a blood test, and in some cases, a urine test.
For an officer to administer these tests legally, all they have to do is have reasonable suspicion based on observed behavior that includes: