If someone admits to taking prescription medication during a suspected DUI stop, the police will arrest them and perform a battery of tests, including a breath or blood test. Since other lives are at risk when someone decides to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the police are very strict when they suspect someone of DUI. It is advisable to avoid admitting anything to the police; simply be polite, cooperate with them, and decline to answer any questions without an attorney present.
What Are The Penalties For A DUI Drug Conviction In California?
The penalties for a drug-related DUI in California will depend on whether or not there are prior DUI convictions involved. In most cases, there will be a $370 fine and penalty assessment, for a total cost of about $2,000. However, this amount can be significantly reduced by performing community service. A three, six, nine, 18, or 30-month class will also be required, which aims to educate people on the consequences of drinking and driving and the rules of the road.
A first-offense DUI may result in a jail sentence of six months, while a second or third DUI may result in a jail sentence of up to one year. A fourth DUI may result in a three-year prison sentence. Other penalties that may be applied include PAWS community labor, attendance of a one-day seminar called Mothers Against Drunk Driving, placement of a SCRAM bracelet on the leg, and prohibition from drinking during the probationary period. The specific penalties that an individual will face after a DUI conviction will depend on what the court believes is necessary in order to protect the public.
Will I Be Required To Have An Interlock Ignition Device Installed In My Vehicle For A Drug DUI Conviction In LA County?
A DUI conviction in LA County will result in a license suspension, and the only way for an individual to obtain a restricted driver’s license is to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle. The device will require them to provide a sample of their breath before starting the vehicle in order to ensure that no alcohol is detected, which is aimed to protect the safety of the individual and others on the road.
To What Extent Do Blood Test Results And Scientific Evidence Play A Role In Defending A Drug DUI Case?
Blood test results and scientific evidence are used as much as possible in the defense of a drug-related DUI. Oftentimes, the defense will hire experts to evaluate how the breath and/or field sobriety tests were performed. Once an attorney sits down with their client and hears their version of events, they’ll be in a much better position to evaluate whether or not the tests were performed properly and to determine how best to formulate a defense.
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