In the state of California, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of any drug. Additionally, it is also illegal for an individual who is addicted to a drug to operate a motor vehicle, unless they are currently participating in an approved narcotic treatment program.
There is no drug testing available in California that is used to determine if a person is under the influence of drugs. Rather, each case is handled individually and is under the discretion of the prosecutor. Any drug or chemical that is regulated by the government is a controlled substance, including medical marijuana. It is illegal to drive while under the influence of a controlled substance, so no testing limit has been set.
Use common sense. If you are drinking or buzzed…Don’t risk it. Call UBER or a TAXI, or Ask a friend for a ride. If you are a legal medical marijuana user always use eye drops, always wash hands and face before driving. Chew gum or brush teeth after smoking. If you are legally transporting medical cannabis in your car you should use a vacuum sealed smell proof bag or container.
Penalties for Sacramento DUI Drugged Driving
A conviction for a DUI or drugged driving in California is usually sentenced using the following penalties of a DUI.
Penalties for a first offense:
• Immediate suspension of your license for a minimum of 4 months.
• Jail time of up to 6 months.
• Fines of up to $1,000 (additional penalty fines and legal fees are likely).
• $125 fee to have license reissued.
• Installation of an IID (ignition interlock device) as well as the fees this incurs.
• Participation in a DUI program. The length of the program will vary depending on your particular situation.
• SR-22 filing.
Penalties for a second offense:
Penalties for second and any subsequent DUI offenses will result in increased fines, jail time and penalties. An experienced DUI attorney will be able to provide more guidance regarding how these penalties increase with each subsequent DUI offense. Factors such as the time between offenses and the overall number of offenses will play a major factor in determining the penalties an individual will face for multiple DUI convictions.