Alcohol Program, Probation, Jail Time
They are typically going to make you do a driving course for three months, six months, 18 months, 30 months; usually, these are different courses in LA County depending upon how many DUIs you have in your past, how high your blood alcohol was and what your age was. Driving under the influence of drugs is covered under California Vehicle Code 23152f.
So these are all different courses that they will make somebody take. Usually, it will be a three-month alcohol program on a first offense. Also, they will put you on probation, typically for three years.
I sometimes see two years. I also sometimes see five years, so how good you did and how well your lawyers are negotiating will probably dictate how long you are put on probation for a drug-related DUI.
They can do other things for a first offense; they can put you in jail for up to 6 months. For any crime after that, it can be for up to a year.
If you get a fourth time DUI or seriously injure somebody, you could be looking at three years in prison. So they are taking DUI cases very seriously.
Other things they can do in DUI drug-related offenses related to driving are making you do community service, community labor, and the PAUSE program.
There is a whole slew of things. They can make you do an alcohol course, they can make you wear a SCRAM bracelet on your ankle to detect alcohol or drugs, and they can also order you not to use any drugs or alcohol while you are on probation.
So it's going to depend upon what you did, how good your lawyers are at negotiating, what the prosecutor's feeling is about, and your dangerousness level. The judge will weigh in on a drug-related DUI.
DUI Attorney Using Blood Tests To Defend Client
Most of the time, whatever those drug results are related to a DUI case, if you've come to me, you probably have been arrested and are going to be charged with a DUI, the prosecutors are going to use those drugs results against you.
Of course, like with anything, there is always another side to the story. So depending on what those blood results look like, depending on the testing that is done, there are a lot of different procedures that need to be met.
Suppose we feel there is a problem with the drug results related to a DUI. In that case, we can hire our expert, a defense expert, attempt to test and look over to try and challenge the results and attack them because without those results, typically, they cannot prosecute you for a DUI.