Xanax Drugged Driving Attorney Protecting the Rights of the Accused
In the State of California, drivers can be arrested for being under the influence of any substance that impairs their driving ability.
This includes prescription medications such as Xanax and other benzodiazepines, even if the driver is legally prescribed one of these medications.
When a driver is accused of driving under the influence of drugs, they will be charged with DUID. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of Xanax or any other anxiety medication, speak to an experienced DUI defense attorney right away. To schedule a free consultation, call 949-752-1122 or submit the contact form on our website today.
How Does Xanax Affect Driving Ability?
Xanax, along with other benzodiazepines, is a prescription medication that is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Benzodiazepines can have a tranquilizing effect, which is why some doctors tell their patients not to drive while on these medications until the patient is familiar with the effects.
Not only can anxiety medication lead to drowsiness, but it can also slow a driver’s reaction time and affect their judgment. For these reasons, it can be unsafe to operate a vehicle while under the influence of Xanax.
Our Experienced Drugged Driving Lawyers Explain Xanax DUID Laws In California
The State of California prohibits drivers from driving under the influence of drugs. According to the law, a “drug” is any substance besides alcohol that impacts the muscles, brain, and/or nervous system. This includes both illegal drugs and legal prescription medications—all that matters is the effect of the drug not whether or not it is illegal.
It’s important to note that a driver cannot be charged with a crime simply for taking a Xanax and getting behind the wheel. Law enforcement officers may only arrest drivers for this crime when they suspect that the drug has affected the driver’s ability to safely operate a vehicle.
If the driver cannot operate a vehicle in the same manner that a sober person would under similar circumstances, the driver is said to be impaired and under the influence of Xanax.
Anyone who is convicted of driving under the influence of Xanax can face serious criminal penalties. In most cases, Xanax DUID is charged as a misdemeanor crime. Defendants who are convicted could face years of probation, thousands of dollars in fines, and a possible jail sentence.
The judge can also order the defendant to complete an alcohol education course and perform a certain number of community service hours. Similar to a DUI conviction, defendants can also face a temporary license suspension after being convicted of DUID.
DUID can be charged as a felony under certain circumstances. If this is the driver’s fourth or subsequent DUID offense, it is charged as a felony. This crime is also a felony if the driver already has a felony DUI or DUID on his record. Defendants will also face felony charges if they injured or killed someone as a result of their impaired driving.
Defendants who are charged with felony DUID face the same types of penalties as defendants charged with misdemeanor DUID. However, they may face more time behind bars, larger fines, and longer driver’s license suspensions.
Many defendants who are charged with Xanax DUID face additional criminal charges that could increase their sentence. For example, if a driver has Xanax in their possession even though they are not legally prescribed this medication, he could face drug possession charges in addition to DUID charges.
Do not attempt to fight these charges without the help of an experienced DUI lawyer in Orange County. Reach out to a top attorney in Orange County as soon as possible after you have been charged with this crime.
There are several possible defenses that can be used to fight DUID charges in California. An attorney may be able to argue that you should not be charged with a crime because you were not intoxicated at the time of the arrest. In some cases, attorneys are able to argue that the police officer confused signs of fatigue or anxiety as intoxication.
The prosecution will most likely present the results of a blood test that show there was Xanax or another benzodiazepine in your system at the time of the arrest. However, these results are not always accurate. If law enforcement did not follow the proper protocol when taking, storing, or testing the sample, the results are not reliable.
Our attorneys will review the case to determine if law enforcement made any mistakes that can be used to poke holes in the state’s case. Even if the results are correct, we may be able to argue that the level of drugs found in your system was not high enough to cause impairment.
Everyone has the right to a DUI attorney after being charged with drugged driving. Take advantage of this right and let us fight to protect your future. Contact The Law Offices of Todd Landgren today to learn more about how our Xanax DUID attorneys can help.
Have you been accused of driving under the influence of Xanax or other benzodiazepines? If so, seek legal representation from The Law Offices of Todd Landgren at once. The Orange County DUID attorneys at our law office benefit from the firm’s 40+ years of experience, so they have the legal skills and resources to tackle tough cases.
Our attorneys currently represent clients in Irvine, Newport Beach, Santa Ana, and throughout Orange and surrounding counties. We work with clients who are facing charges for DUI/DUID involving alcohol, marijuana, Xanax, pain medication, anti-depressants, and other drugs.
Learn more about our practice areas and how we defend our clients during a free consultation regarding your DUID case. To schedule a consultation, call 949-752-1122 or fill out the form on our website today.
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