Drug DUI Defense

Under California law, driving under the influence of either legal drugs (such as over-the-counter drugs or prescription medications) or illegal drugs can form the basis of a drug-related DUI arrest and conviction. At Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys at Law, we help clients in the Redwood City area with all of their DUI and drug defense needs in order to minimize any consequences they may face.

A DUI drug prosecution for driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol presents a serious problem to any DUI defendant. The reason is because the defendant can be charged with a generic DUI as well as being under the influence of a controlled substance (Health and Safety Code section 11550). The mandatory minimum penalty for being under the influence of a controlled substance is 90 days in the county jail. Contact our California law firm for help with your DUI charges.

Driving Under the Influence of Drugs in San Mateo

Assuming certain conditions are met, a person who is charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance can potentially avoid the 90-day jail time minimum if he or she is eligible for a deferred entry of judgment ("DEJ") under Penal Code section 1000 or Proposition 36 drug treatment. DUI drug arrests are commonly seen with illegal drugs, such as:

  • Ecstasy
  • Methamphetamine
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Lorazepam
  • OxyContin
  • Ambien

If you are facing charges for DUI drugs and being under the influence of a controlled substance, you need the experienced Redwood City DUI defense attorneys, Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys at Law, to help you avoid a minimum of 90 days in the county jail.

Defense Against the Prosecutions Charges in California

DUI cases involving drugs are more difficult for a prosecutor to prove. This is because a properly conducted prosecution will cost the district attorney more money to prosecute than a generic DUI prosecution. In a DUI drug prosecution, the district attorney should have the defendant's blood or urine sample tested for multiple controlled substances. With each particular category of drug tested, the cost of the test increases. Moreover, the district attorney should present testimony from a medical expert, i.e., a doctor, as to the effects of a particular drug used in a particular amount on a defendant's ability to operate a motor vehicle.

We will fight your charges at every corner, using our own experts and proven skills to protect your rights.

Contact a Skilled San Mateo County DUI and Drug Crime Defense Attorney

At Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys at Law, we can poke holes in the weaknesses of the prosecutor's case. Contact the Oakland and Redwood City offices of Ahmed & Sukaram today so that we can discuss your options in your DUI drug case. If you communicate best in Spanish or another language, simply let us know. Se habla español.