Today’s Orange County DUI Lawyer News involves another fatal DUI crash and the arrest of the driver for a drug DUI. According to The Orange County Register, a Garden Grove man was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of felony driving under the influence of drugs causing injury after a traffic collision that resulted in the death of another driver.
Garden Grove police investigators believe the driver broadsided the victim’s car after running a red light at Kerry Street as he was traveling westbound on Westminster Boulevard. The driver was arrested at the scene after staying to talk to investigators. Police believe drugs played a role in the incident but no further details were provided as to what type of narcotic(s) may have been involved.
In California, driving under the influence of any drugs whether it is illicit (such as cocaine), prescription (such as vicodin) or, even, over the counter (such as NyQuil) can subject you to prosecution. Hiring an Orange County DUI Lawyer is essential to a successful drug DUI defense.
From an Orange County DUI Lawyer standpoint, California drug DUI cases are often more difficult to prove than a DUI involving alcohol. Unlike a DUI involving alcohol where you cannot driver with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .08% or higher, there is no established level or magic number in a DUI of drugs that establishes excessive blood toxicity. As a result, proving impairment is often difficult for prosecutors.