Driving Under the Influence of Drugs: Overview
What happens to your license when you are caught driving under the influence of drugs? Generally, there are two components when you drive under the influence: a court process and a DMV process. However, for a first time offense of driving under the influence of drugs, it boils down to only one process. First, let’s talk about what does NOT happen:
Unlike driving under the influence of alcohol, the DMV does not take action against your license if you are caught driving under the influence of drugs and if it is your first offense. In other words, the DMV does not suspend your license.
So What DOES happen?
The court does take action against your license if you are convicted. If you are convicted you face the following:
1. 6 months suspension – you may obtain a restricted license if eligible during your 6 month suspension
2. Must complete a DUI program
3. Obtain SR 22 insurance
4. Pay $125.00 reinstatement fee
The takeaways of this post are as follows: Do NOT drive under the influence of alcohol OR drugs under ANY circumstances; if you made the mistake of driving under the influence and you’re facing a DUI charge, it’s in your best interest to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney in Southern California to help you navigate the difficult course ahead.
We Can Help
The Law Offices of Mark A. Gallagher has handled countless criminal defense cases successfully over the last 20+ years. If you need help with any criminal matter, please call our offices at 800-797-8406 for a free consultation or visit our website at https://www.socaldefenselawyers.com/ for more information.