Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

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Under California’s Vehicle Code § 23152, it is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any combination other either. The law also imposes severe penalties on those who are convicted – including possible terms of imprisonment, driver’s license suspension, court-mandates courses, probation, and more. If you or someone you love has been charged for DUI of drugs in Los Angeles or any of the surrounding areas, working with proven attorneys should be your top priority.

Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP is a tried and true criminal defense firm that has represented clients charged with DUI throughout Southern California. Our team understands the protocol police must abide by when stopping and arresting drivers, and we know how prosecutors work to gain convictions. Let us use our experience and insight to your advantage, and fight for the best possible resolution during both criminal proceedings and matters concerning your driver’s license.

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  • Our legal team have over half a century of experience
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If you have questions about your rights following an arrest for DUI of drugs, do not wait to call our firm. Remember, you only have 10 days to protect your driver’s license. Call (800) 462-7160.

California Vehicle Code § 23152

California law states that “drugs” as it is used in VC § 23152 applies to any type of substance that impairs a motorists ability to drive safely, typically as a result of its effect on the central nervous system, brain, or muscles of the body. You may be charged with DUI of drugs if the officer who stopped you has reason to believe you are under the influence and too impaired to drive.

You can face DUI of Drugs charges for a range of substances, including:

  • Controlled substances (methamphetamine, cocaine, etc.)
  • Prescription medications (valid medications or otherwise)
  • Marijuana / Medical Marijuana
  • Over the counter drugs

Depending on the facts and circumstances involved in your case, you may have a number of legal defense available to fight against your charges. In many cases, our legal team will challenge the objectivity of whether or not you were actually under the influence. This is common in cases where drivers are arrested for marijuana DUIs, as there is extensive dispute over determining when a motorists can be considered too high to drive, as well the methods and standards currently being used by law enforcement to test for marijuana impairment.

When challenging the government’s case against you, our attorneys also look closely at all aspects of the stop and arrest. Law enforcement officers must have a sufficient legal basis to pull drivers over and to test them to determine if they are under the influence. If they do not, they violate your constitutional rights, and your case may be dismissed on these grounds. From the stop to investigation to chain of custody of your blood or urine sample, our attorneys pay close attention as to whether the government followed protocol without infringing upon your rights.

Proven Los Angeles Lawyers for DUI of Drugs Charges

Because the penalties you face for driving under the influence of drugs will vary according to the unique elements of your case, we encourage you to reach out to our team for a personalized review of your case. Our attorneys can help you better understand what’s at stake and the penalties you face, and we can discuss how we can help create an effective defense strategy to protect your freedom and your future.

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