In California, it is a crime not only to drive under the influence of alcohol, commonly known as DUI, but also to drive under the influence of drugs (DUID). The term "drugs" encompasses not only the commonly-known illegal narcotics and controlled substances, but also prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications.
If you are pulled over because of a suspected influence and arrested, you will need to retain legal counsel from an West Covina criminal defense lawyer at Coimbra Law Firm.
With DUI cases, there is a clear testing marker for arresting or convicting an alleged defendant, which is a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.08% or higher. However, with drug impairment, it is more difficult for both law enforcement officials or prosecutors to obtain proof and reach a conviction.
Our firm takes a "no holds barred" approach to defending DUID cases. Our West Covina criminal defense attorney marshals powerful defenses on our clients' behalf. If your case goes to trial, we ruthlessly cross examine the so-called “experts” on the government's side and extract as much exculpatory evidence as possible in order to crush the government's case against you.
A DUI of drugs case in California may be charged as a felony if you have a DUI on your record, your driving caused an accident and inflicted injury to a bystander or third party, or if you have a previous felony driving under the influence conviction. The penalties for felony DUID are significantly higher than that of a misdemeanor DUID, but either way it is imperative that you retain legal counsel.
Our West Covina DUID defense attorneys can enlist the help of an independent drug expert or toxicologists, many of whom are former DREs. These defense experts can conduct their own evaluation of the toxicology results and render a professional opinion that stands in total contradiction to the prosecutor's drug recognition expert witness.