DUI While Using Legal Drugs?
Fight Your Charges with a Santa Ana DUI Attorney
When we think of the offense of
driving under the influence (DUI), our first idea is that the person had been consuming alcohol and was
driving drunk. Illegal drugs is also another common reason people are
arrested for DUI. Now, we are seeing others being charged with driving
under the influence from taking legal drugs, which extends not only to
over-the-counter medications, but also prescriptions.
Some of the most common types of drugs we have seen with this type of DUI include:
- Narcotic analgesics
- Pain relievers
Some of these drugs have labels that caution users not to operate vehicles,
as the effects can affect the body’s functions in a similar way
that alcohol and illegal drugs can. They can affect concentration, coordination,
attention, and focus—in a very similar way that alcohol can affect
How the Law Defines DUI
Determining a DUI charge depends on several elements. In California, DUI
simply means that the person was driving under the influence. You can
ask a Santa Ana DUI lawyer for
more details with regards to your specific circumstances.
The following elements must be proven in order formally charge someone for DUI:
- The person was driving a vehicle, that is, the person operated the vehicle
while it was in motion
- The person’s ability to drive was significantly impacted from ingesting
a substance, such as alcohol, drugs, or a combination of it
The laws do not mention that driving under the influence of a legal drug,
prescription or not, exempts someone from being charged with DUI. It only
needs to be proven that some substance, regardless of the amount or dosage
taken, affected the person's ability to drive.
Don’t Take Chances If You Were Charged—Call Now!
I am the lead attorney at The Law Offices of Jerry Schaffer, Jr., and I
have helped fight to protect the rights of countless who have been accused
of DUI or other offense. The laws can often be difficult to decipher at
times, so I want to keep you informed about the obstacles you may face,
and fight to overcome those. Ultimately, my goal is to offer you peace
of mind and the satisfaction of knowing you have entrusted your case to
the right lawyer.
I am a
former senior deputy district attorney, with 18 years working in the DA's office. I have developed a keen
sense of negotiation and litigation skills, which I use that to litigate
in my client's favor.
If you are looking for the right attorney to combat your charges, look
no further than my firm.
Call me today to schedule your
free case consultation!