If this bill is passed and someone is pulled over on suspicion for drunk driving and has been taking cough and cold medicine, it may be possible for them to be arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
Costa Mesa, California (PRWEB) February 25, 2013
According to ABC 7, a new bill that would make it illegal to drive with any detectable amount of Schedule I through Schedule IV drugs may become law in the near future. MacGregor & Collins DUI attorneys believe the bill is misleading and may result in innocent citizens being arrested.
Driving under the influence of alcohol in California is a relatively simple offense to prove; almost every police officer carries a breathalyzer, and if the suspect’s blood alcohol content is above 0.8%, police have a great deal of proof to utilize in the courtroom. Unfortunately, those who drive while under the influence of drugs may be easy to spot, but are not easy to convict.
ABC 7 reports that although convicting drugged drivers has been challenging in the past, the future holds promise for those fighting against intoxicated driving. Lou Correa, Santa Ana Senator, introduced the bill that would make any detectible amount of drugs within your system while driving illegal. Drugs like Xanax, Valium, and Tylenol with codeine would be considered violations and having them in your system while operating a vehicle could result in criminal charges, arrests, and more.
Randy Collins, DUI attorney in Orange County, has helped countless California citizens obtain case dismissals for their DUI charges. “Creating bills and laws that will help protect Californian’s from intoxicated drivers is one thing, but this bill is something else. There are simply too many opportunities for innocent citizens to have charges brought against them. If this bill is passed and someone is pulled over on suspicion for drunk driving and has been taking cough and cold medicine, it may be possible for them to be arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
“The amount of time that a drug remains active within someone's blood can drastically vary depending upon a number of factors. In my opinion, more advancement in correlative studies needs to take place before scientists can more accurately distinguish between someone's recent use or residual use of a drug,” said Attorney Collins.
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