Fresno Drunk Driving Defense Attorney: Driving Under The Influence Of Drugs
Aug 26, 2015
We all know that it is illegal to drink and get behind the wheel of a car to drive, right? Well, it is also illegal to use illegal drugs and get behind the wheel of a car. Unfortunately, many people who do know these laws still take prescription drugs and drive a car. Even though the drugs have been prescribed by a physician, they can still impair your driving ability.
Any medication that impairs your driving ability, whether prescription or over-the-counter medications can cause you to be charged with driving under the influence of drugs, or DUID. It will not matter if you have lawful and legal possession of the medication.
When a person is arrested for a DUID in California, it can be difficult and complicated to determine whether someone's medication caused them to be impaired while driving. The drug testing rule does not come into play unless the driver has caused an injury or a death. The implied consent rule would exist if the arresting officer had any reason to believe that you were using any drugs that are not legal.
So many people are on medications these days, and many of them do not think about the things that can happen if they drive while being medicated. When anyone takes medications, it is that person's responsibility to be fully aware of all the side effects. Medications will impact people in different ways, but you are responsible for making the decision to either drive or not drive.
Driving under the influence of anything that will impair your driving is not only illegal, but it can be harmful to you and others. If you are arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, you may face the exact penalties of someone who has been arrested for a DUI.
For many people, they are wrongfully accused of driving under the influence of drugs. If you have been arrested for a DUI or a DUID, a drunk driving defense attorney can help you fight your charges. Contact us today to inquire about a consultation or evaluation of your case.
Michael Mitchell is a Fresno attorney who practices in the areas of DUI, personal injury & criminal law. Visit his Google+ profile.