Kern County Drugs & DUI Attorney
Drugs & DUI Defense Lawyer in Kern County
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 The Law Offices of Middlebrook & Brehmer 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
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" 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 with
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 The Law Offices of Middlebrook & Brehmer if you have been arrested
and charged with a DUI with drugs. You deserve to protect yourself with
a skilled DUI defense attorney.