Kern County Drugs & DUI Attorney
Drugs & DUI Defense Lawyer in Bakersfield
In California, DUI charges are not only related to alcohol, but also to drug intoxication. It is against the law to drive while under the influence of drugs that could affect your ability to drive. This can include medications that you have a legitimate prescription for but are considered to have affected your ability to drive.
Illegal drugs will also be checked for, such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy or any other illegal drug that is considered to have affected your ability to operate a vehicle. If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI with drugs (DUID) it is vital that you contact a Kern County DUID attorney at Middlebrook & Associates to fight for you.
Defending DUI with Drugs Charges in Kern County
When facing a DUI with drugs charge (DUID) you need an attorney to begin the defense of your case immediately. No blood testing system is without error, and the circumstances of the blood test that was administered to you must be reviewed. Urinalysis is no different. Remember, drugs may show up in your system days, weeks and sometimes months after the effects have worn off. It is not illegal to have drugs in your system and drive. It is illegal to be under the influence of those drugs and drive. AND it must be under the influence to such a degree that you could not operate a motor vehicle like a sober person under similar circumstances. For example, caffeine is the most abused drug in the world. Being under the influence of coffee may be probable, but it is nearly impossible to prove impairment.
If necessary, an independent toxicologist can be called in to re-test or evaluate the testing methods used by law enforcement. There are frequently errors in the administration and evaluation of the test. These errors, if they occurred can open an opportunity to challenge the evidence. If the evidence against you is suppressed by this court challenge, it is possible that the charges will be dropped.
Field Sobriety Tests
Field Sobriety "Tests" are often used to judge whether someone is unable to operate a motor vehicle safely. Field sobriety games are usually administered by law enforcement when you are pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The law enforcement officer may ask you to complete physical-type "tests" which are supposedly developed to indicate whether you are under the influence. These tests include the "walk and turn", the "horizontal gaze nystagmus" and the "one-leg stand."
As an important note, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration evaluated these tests and discovered that even the most accurate of the three tests used in the field by law enforcement agents has been found to be only 77% correct and that is solely when administered perfectly under perfect conditions.
Contact a Bakersfield DUI & Drugs Attorney from Middlebrook & Associates if you have been arrested and charged with a DUI with drugs. You deserve to protect yourself with a skilled DUI defense lawyer.