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Your First DUI? Read This Now!

Driving under the influence

If you have been arrested for your first DUI in California or impaired driving charge, you may be feeling embarrassed and humiliated. At Andrade Law Offices, we understand what you are going through and how traumatic the experience can be. We offer free DMV hearings for all DUI clients.

Keep in mind that driving under the influence does not discriminate. You can be arrested whether you are rich or poor, a Ph.D. graduate, or a high school dropout. A driving under the influence arrest may happen to ordinary people who have a few drinks socially before driving or to people taking prescription medications on doctors’ orders. Anyone who drives a vehicle while impaired by any substance can be arrested for and charged with a DUI in California.

After your DUI arrest, you need to focus on an effective defense to avoid conviction. A conviction can mean a driver’s license suspension and criminal penalties such as fines and possible jail time. An impaired driving conviction can also have long term negative effects on your family, your education opportunities, and your career.

That’s why you need a tested DUI defense lawyer to protect your rights and aggressively pursue a favorable resolution of your case.

Substances that can Cause Impairment and Lead to DUI Charges

Under California law, it is unlawful for any person under the influence of alcohol or a drug, or any combination of alcohol and drugs, to operate a motor vehicle. The legal limit for blood alcohol content while operating a motor vehicle is .08% for adult drivers. However, many other substances, both legal and illegal, can cause impairment and lead to a DUI arrest.

Any psychoactive (mind-altering) drug can cause impairment, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, morphine, methadone, PCP, methamphetamine, and amphetamine are also known to impair your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

Legal prescription and over the counter drugs may also cause sufficient impairment to justify a DUI arrest. These medications include:

  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Antidepressants
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
  • Valium
  • Sleeping pills

Santa Barbara Attorney Defending Clients Charged with DUI

Being charged with DUI is not the same as being convicted of DUI. Do not plead guilty, regardless of the circumstances without first consulting with an experienced attorney who is knowledgeable in DUI defense. It is prudent to contact an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible after your arrest.

There are a number of possible defenses against DUI charges and your attorney should be well versed in all of them. When you hire Andrade Law Offices, we will thoroughly examine the facts and the evidence, searching for any weakness in the prosecution’s case against you. We will aggressively challenge the prosecution case.

Attorney Steven R. Andrade is a skilled DUI defense lawyer who fights hard for his clients. As a former prosecutor, he is familiar with both sides of the criminal justice system. He uses that legal knowledge to your advantage. Mr. Andrade has decades of experience and a stellar track record representing thousands of clients charged with DUI. Your case is in good hands with Andrade Law Offices.