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DUI Involving Marijuana, Drugs, or Pills

If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI involving marijuana, drugs, or any type of prescription or non-prescription pills, you should immediately contact Orange County DUI Attorney William Weinberg to defend you. Mr. Weinberg has extensive experience defending those who have been charged with a DUI. He has handled thousands of DUI cases, so rest assured that your future is in excellent hands. You should not take a DUI charge lightly as a conviction for even a first offense DUI can result in a jail sentence of up to six months, as well as payment of heft court fees and fines that can exceed $1,000. Also, if convicted, an individual must complete a DUI education program and be placed on probation for three to five years. So, if you have been charged with a DUI involving marijuana, cocaine, or pills, contact Mr. Weinberg for a free consultation. Schedule your free consultation today by emailing Mr. Weinberg at bill@williamweinberg.com or by calling him at (949) 474-8008.

California Marijuana DUI and Drug DUI License Suspension

In California, a first offense marijuana DUI or Drug DUI is usually charged as a misdemeanor offense. Upon arrested for a DUI, an individual's driver's license is taken away, and he is issued a temporary license that is good for 30 days from the date of the arrest. For an individual to keep his driver's license, he has an option to request a DMV Administrative Hearing. If an individual does not request this hearing within 10 days of his arrest, his license will be suspended, pending the outcome of his case. So, if you have been charged with either a marijuana DUI or a Drug DUI, you should immediately contact Orange County DUI Lawyer William Weinberg to defend you, schedule your DMV administrative hearing, and win the hearing for you. Otherwise, you risk losing your driver's license. If you choose to hire Mr. Weinberg, he will quickly assess the facts of your case and will advise you as to the best options to take to achieve the best possible results in your case.

California DUI Laws

California Vehicle Code Section 23152(a) makes it a crime for an individual to operate a motor vehicle while he is under the influence of not only alcohol, but also marijuana, cocaine, and/or other drugs or pills. People often believe that taking prescription pills and driving is okay, but the reality is that an individual can be charged and convicted of a DUI even when taking legally prescribed medication.

California DUI Penalties

An individual who is convicted of a marijuana DUI, drug DUI, or DUI involving pills, should know that a DUI conviction carries a series of harsh consequences. For example, a first time offender who is convicted of a DUI faces a suspension of his driver's license, being sent to jail for a maximum of six months, being ordered to complete a DUI education program, being placed on probation for three to five years, as well as potentially having to get an ignition interlock device installed. If an individual is convicted of a subsequent DUI within a ten-year period, he faces a lengthier jail sentence, more costly court fees and fines, as well as having his license suspended for a lengthier period of time. If an individual causes an accident or injures anyone as a result of driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or drugs, he may be charged with a felony, which carries much tougher penalties.

Proving a Marijuana DUI, Drug DUI, or Cocaine DUI

For the prosecution to prove a defendant guilty of a DUI involving marijuana, cocaine, or other drugs, it must show that the defendant operated a motor vehicle while he was under the influence of any of these items. Typically, an officer will base his suspicion of a DUI from things he observes, such as slurred speech, erratic driving, the odor of marijuana or alcohol, and/or the presence of illegal drugs or substances with the defendant. If an officer believes that an individual is intoxicated, he may place the individual under arrest, and order them to perform a blood test or chemical test to determine whether the individual had marijuana, cocaine, or other drugs in his system at the time the officer arrested him for a DUI. If the test results show that there were drugs in an individual's system, the prosecution will use the test results to convict the individual of a DUI.

Contact an Experienced Attorney

If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI involving marijuana, cocaine, other drugs, or pills, you should immediately contact experienced Orange County DUI Attorney William Weinberg. Over the course of his career, Mr. Weinberg has handled thousands of DUI cases, so he knows how to defend these cases and achieve the best possible results for his clients. Schedule your free consultation today by emailing Mr. Weinberg at    bill@williamweinberg.com or by calling him at (949) 474-8008.

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