This article is by Zooomr, a tech startup in India that gets consumers great deals on used cars in cities like New Delhi, Chandigarh, and others. Many cases involving driving under the influence (DUI) in Los Angeles have to do with drivers who were impaired because they were under the influence of drugs. Drugs can be anything from medications that are prescribed legally or those that are illegal. One drug in particular that is very common in DUI cases is cocaine. When a driver is pulled over and arrested for a DUI in the Los Angeles area, it frequently turns out that there is cocaine located in the vehicle, which can lead to an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance.
If a driver is pulled over by a police officer and cocaine is involved in the DUI offense, a violation of the Vehicle Code or another law may be violated by that individual. Generally, the individual does not necessarily have to be in violation of traffic laws. The officer can simply pull the driver over for some other reason, such as a broken taillight, and can subsequently discover that the driver is impaired.
After a driver is pulled over, the police officer will talk to him or her and closely watch the person to check whether they seem intoxicated and under the influence or alcohol or drugs. If alcohol is involved, the officer frequently notices certain signs of intoxication, such as slurred speech, the smell of alcohol on the person’s breath, watery and often red eyes and unsteady gait. However, if cocaine is involved, there may be different symptoms present. Commonly, those include sweating, agitation and dilated pupils. Sometimes, the police officer will also notice the presence of cocaine residue on the individual’s hands or nostrils.
If the officer suspects that the driver is under the influence of cocaine, he may have a Drug Recognition Expert or DRE officer come to assess the individual. These special officers have expert training so that they can recognize drug intoxication, which makes them helpful in investigations involving DUI. The DRE officer can request that the driver participate in certain field sobriety tests and question the person about drug use.
If the DRE officer makes a determination that the individual is under the influence of cocaine, the person is then arrested and may be taken to a hospital for blood testing to be done. Breath tests cannot check for intoxication of cocaine, which means that drivers suspected of being under the influence of the drug must undergo blood testing. Test results are not immediately known because samples have to be sent to a crime lab for testing. Usually, the results of the tests are delivered at arraignment and either the defendant or their attorney receive them.
A driver charged with a DUI involving cocaine is charged with driving under the influence of drugs as per the California Vehicle Code Section 23152(e) VC. With both drugs and alcohol in their system, the defendant is prosecuted for a DUI with combined influence of drugs and alcohol as per California Vehicle Code Section 23152(f) VC. Sometimes, it may be necessary for the defense to get a blood split order, which has a portion of a blood sample from the defendant tested again at a different laboratory. In some cases, it will show that the level of drugs in the individual’s system are lower than those that lead to impairment. This is a common defense that a criminal defense attorney can use and it can show that the substance was used the day before the arrest and that the individual was no longer under its influence.
If you or someone close to you has been arrested for a DUI involving the use of cocaine, it’s important to hire a savvy and experienced Los Angeles DUI attorney. It’s an urgent matter, so be sure to contact the Kraut Law Group as soon as possible to get connected with the right lawyer for your case.