Driving – Drugs

A DUI case can be initiated for driving while under the influence of a drug.  It does not matter whether the drug has been prescribed or it was illegally obtained.  If you are found to be under the influence of a drug to the point where you are not able to safely operate a motor vehicle, you will be charged with a DUI involving drugs.

 

The prosecution has the burden of proving the following:

You were driving, and while operating the motor vehicle, you were intoxicated to the point that you were unable to operate a vehicle safely.

 

If you exhibit signs of intoxication, the police officer will attempt to conduct a series of Field Sobriety Tests (FST’s).  Depending on your performance on the FST’s and any physical signs of intoxication (such as slurred speech and bloodshot eyes), you will be asked to submit to a breath test. If the breath test result indicates a 0.0% of alcohol, the police officers may suspect that you could be under the influence of controlled substances such as cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, LSD, methamphetamine, and/or other prescribed medications.

 

In defending a criminal case of Driving under the Influence of Drugs, the Los Angeles DUI attorneys of Gurovich, Berk & Associates will office conduct a two-tier analysis of your case. First and foremost, our DUI defense attorneys must make sure that your constitutional rights were not violated in the course of your arrest. Specifically, we investigate whether the police did not violate your 4th and 5th Amendment rights. If such a violation occurred, the likelihood that your case is dismissed or reduced to a lower offence increases significantly.  In conducting the case analysis, our DUI defense lawyers will find out whether the police had a valid constitutional reason to stop and search your vehicle.  Also, our DUI defense lawyers will find out whether a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) examined you to determine if you were under the influence of a controlled substance.  It is our job to verify what expertise an officer has in making a determination that a person is under the influence of a controlled substance.  We will inquire whether the officer looked for objective physical signs of intoxication such as abnormal pulse rate or abnormal pupil dilation.  On many occasions, what seems to be an objective sign of intoxication could be related to a medical condition or sever illness.

 

The second step in the analysis is to investigate the validity of the scientific evidence.   Our Los Angeles DUI attorneys will conduct an investigation into whether the blood sample was accurately measured by the police. Due to improper use or negligent laboratory procedures, the results that the measuring devices the police use can prove unreliable results.  All laboratory testing must be pursuant to Title 17 and our Los Angeles DUI Attorneys will evaluate every aspect of the laboratory testing on a particular blood or urine sample.

 

In dealing with a Los Angeles DUI case whether involving alcohol or controlled substances, you will need an experienced Los Angeles DUI lawyer that will test the validity of the field sobriety tests and/or blood/breath tests in your case and work diligently to provide you with the best possible outcome of your Los Angeles DUI case.  The Los Angeles DUI defense lawyers at the Gurovich, Berk & Associates are familiar and experienced with the DMV along with all the criminal courts.  Our DUI defense attorneys will aggressively defend your interests so that you will receive the best outcome of your Los Angeles DUI case.

 

Los Angeles DUI Lawyer

Retaining an aggressive, experienced and knowledgeable Los Angeles DUI attorney is the most important decision you can make.  A qualified DUI Defense lawyer can educate you as to your options, assist you in making critical life altering decisions, investigate the factors that led to your arrest, skillfully examine law enforcement personnel, and litigate the DUI criminal case. Our firm has the qualified DUI defense attorneys that will be in your corner aggressively defending your rights with the goal of successfully fighting your criminal charges.

 

If you have been charged with a DUI, please call us to set up an appointment for a FREE CONSULTATION so we can assess your particular case and provide you with the best legal advice on how to proceed. Please allow us to offer you the assistance and support of a criminal defense law firm that has extensive experience with the State court system throughout the Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, and San Diego Counties as you face this most unfortunate experience. We are solely a Criminal Defense Law Firm. That is all we do and have done since our inception.

 

EARLY INTERVENTION BY COUNSEL IS KEY TO A PROPER DUI DEFENSE

It is extremely important to have an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney begin working on your case as early as possible. Critical issues, such as how your particular case will be filed and what charges will be leveled against you, are decided, many a time, very soon after your arrest or during the investigatory period. Early intervention gives our DUI defense attorneys an opportunity to potentially reduce or dismiss either felony or misdemeanor charges against you before the first court date.

 

Please feel free to call for an initial FREE CONSULTATION in one of our offices, or in the privacy and convenience of your own home, during which we can explore how best to defend and resolve your criminal case. Our 24-hour telephone numbers are (818) 205-1555; (310) 288-0795; (626) 356-0447; and (213) 385-1555.

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If you have been arrested for drunk driving and a related accidet, it is in your best interest to retain a knowledgeable, experienced and aggressive DUI lawyer in Los Angeles. A qualified DUI lawyer in our Los Angeles law firm can educate you as to your options, assist you in making critical decisions, investigate the factors that led to your arrest, and skillfully examine law enforcement personnel. A qualified DUI attorney in our Van Nuys criminal defense law firm will be in your corner aggressively defending your rights with the goal of successfully fighting your DUI charges. The DUI attorneys at Gurovich, Berk & associates, have investigated and litigated thousands of DUI cases in all the major cities Los Angeles county. Our DUI lawyers will scrutinize whether the Field Sobriety Tests (FST's) were administered correctly and use any mistake by law enforcement to our client's benefit in securing either a dismissal or a reduction of the charges. In addition, our LA criminal defense attorneys will scrutinize the chemical test results and will bring to light any possible testing or administration errors. Our Los Angeles criminfal attorneys will aggressively defend your interests so that you will receive the best outcome of your Los Angeles DUI case.


In dealing with a Los Angeles DUI case whether involving alcohol or controlled substances, you will need an experienced Los Angeles criminal attorney that will test the validity of the field sobriety tests and/or blood/breath tests in your case and work diligently to provide you with the best possible outcome of your Los Angeles DUI case. Los Angeles DUI lawyers at the Gurovich, Berk & Associates are familiar and experienced with the DMV along with all the criminal courts. Our DUI defense attorneys will aggressively defend your interests so that you will receive the best outcome of your Los Angeles DUI case.

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