Controlled substances are drugs. Just simply being under the influence of drugs in California can get you arrested. If police suspect you have taken cocaine, methamphetamine, illegal prescription drugs, heroin or other narcotics, you could be charged with this crime. You don’t even need to have the drugs in your possession.
Police must first make an initial determination of whether they can arrest someone for being under the influence of a controlled substance. To do this, they use a drug recognition expert to look for the telltale signs of drug use. The experts use tests similar to those used in DUI/DWI arrests. Drug recognition experts evaluate:
- Pupils and other eye functions
- Pulse rate
- Excessive sweating or warmth
- Slurred speech or talking fast
- Other indicators of drug use
Because police use experts to arrest people for being under the influence of a controlled substance, the best defense is to hire an experienced drug defense attorney. Bruce Margolin has an extensive background defending thousands of people charged with drug crimes and marijuana offenses. Mr. Margolin is a highly qualified defense lawyer who will explain your rights and develop a plan to get the best possible results.
If you have been charged with a being under the influence of controlled substances, it does not mean you have to accept any plea deals or convictions automatically. There are alternatives available, such as special court programs to avoid having drug convictions on your record.
Helping Clients With More Than Just Drug Charges
In addition to helping clients get reduced charges, dismissals or other alternatives, Bruce Margolin helps clients who need more than just legal advice. He helps clients find treatment facilities to address ongoing drug problems. He connects clients to resources and organizations that can help them get their lives back on track.
Contact Bruce Margolin, a Trusted Criminal Defense Attorney in Los Angeles
Call The Law Offices of Bruce M. Margolin, Esq., today at 800-420-LAWS (5297) to schedule a free in-person consultation or contact us online here.