Under Influence Controlled Substance
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California’s ban on people being under the influence of a controlled substance also extends to the simple ‘use’ of a controlled substance. That means that if you are found by the authorities and thought to be under the influence of a controlled substance, you could be charged with a crime.
If you or a loved one have been charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance, our firm is ready to hear from you. At Thomas Daly Law, A Professional Corporation, Attorney Daly has handled hundreds of criminal cases, including many of those that involved drug offenses. We know what's needed to develop a compelling defense in these cases and how to ensure the accused can move on with their lives as swiftly as possible.
Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance Charge
An under the influence of controlled substance charge is a misdemeanor under California's Health and Safety Code 11550 HS. A conviction can provide a number of different penalties including fines and probation depending on the circumstances of the arrest and the accused.
Typical penalties in these cases include:
- Fines and court fees
- Required treatment program
Resolving Your Case
Sometimes there may be a jail sanction involved, too. Fortunately, there is new legislature that recognizes that addiction is a problem and some defendants will have access to treatment programs which, if completed, can dismiss the related drug charge.
There are defenses to being under the influence, as well. The two main aspects of these cases are the police officers’ observations/tests and the blood test (if one is done). There are ways to argue for the exclusion of this evidence and ways to question its validity. Thomas Daly is an experienced trial attorney who looks for ways to exclude evidence and fight back in every case.
We're ready to help you understand your defense options in this matter. Contact us today to request a free case evaluation.