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DUI Of Drug Offenses

LEARN WHAT IT TAKES TO CHARGE SOMEONE WITH A DUI WHO ONLY HAD DRUGS IN THEIR SYSTEM IN LOS ANGELES

Over the course of the past twenty five years I have seen dui cases evolve into something that most people can not even comprehends exists. People are now being charged by the hundreds every year for dui case when they had no alcohol in their system, but instead had some sort of a drug detected. Further, the drug does not have to be illegal in order to be charged with a dui. People are usually shocked to learn that a drug in their system can have the same effect as alcohol under certain circumstances.

The crucial question when it comes to a drug related dui in Los Angeles is whether the person was so effected by whatever then took, so as to make them unsafe to operate a motor vehicle. As most of us know, there are many different drugs which can cause us to begin to lose control of our senses. This is especially true if drugs are mixed together or if they are mixed with alcohol. I have represented many clients who took their prescribed medication and ended up in a serious accident. This is where common sense prevails and taking medication and driving is something to think twice about. Regardless of what the medication bottle says, if the medication effects your ability to drive, it is not worth the risk.

DEFENSES TO DRUG RELATED DUI CASES

If a person can prove that they unknowingly where given a drug and ended up driving and being arrested, then this could be viewed as a complete defense to the dui charge. Of course proving that you took a drug that you did not know about is easier said than done. Sometimes people are slipped something in their drink, while other times they are given something they believe is one thing, that turns out to be another. What it boils down to is whether a jury can believe that you did not know that you took a substance that made you unsafe to drive.

Another angle that is always available in a dui case is to argue that you where not unsafe to operate a motor vehicle at the time of driving. The field sobriety tests are designed to assist in deterining whether a person can safely operate a car. The tests are extremely subjective and a skilled dui defense attorney can do some serious damage to police officers who are lying about the results of the tests. Sometimes there is dash cam evidence to refute the police report / testimony. While other times their own report shows that the dui arrestee actually passed some of the tests and was really not all that out of it.

YOUR FIRST STEP IF YOU HAVE A DRUG RELATED DUI OFFENSE PENDING IN LOS ANGELES

When it comes to any problem I have in my life, I try and achieve clarity as to the extent of the problem and my options before proceeding in any direction. This is where an experience dui defense attorney can really help you get your head straight and give you a feel for what you are up against before you make any moves that you may regret later. When I meet with clients for the first time, I try and make it clear to them that their best bet is to be honest with me and let me know what happened from beginning to end, without trying to spin the story in one direction or another.

Once I understand what happend, then I am in the best position to advise the client as to their best moves as it relates to the DMV and the court. I find that once the client has an idea of what they are up against, then they are in a calm state to begin the process of moving forward with their dui case in a positive and productive direction.

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Phone: (818) 986-2092
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