In California, you can be arrested for DUI even if you’ve never had a single drink in your life. Many Californians mistakenly believe that you must register a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.08 percent to be found guilty of a DUI charge. That’s only partially true. One section of the California Vehicle Code does provide that you can be arrested with a BAC that high or higher. However, another section of the Vehicle Code specifies that you can also be arrested simply because a police officer thinks that you are unable to operate your vehicle safely. You can be convicted of DUI if your BAC is below 0.08, and you can even be found guilty if your lips never touch a drop.

A non-alcohol DUI doesn’t have to involve hard or illegal drugs, either. Yes, if you’re driving while using cocaine or Oxycontin, you’ll probably get in big legal trouble (or end up in the morgue). But having a prescription doesn’t make you innocent, either. Everyday prescription and even over-the-counter (OTC) drugs like Ativan, Ambien, Vicodin, and Sudafed put you at just as much risk, especially if you’ve consumed more than your recommended dosage.

Don’t let prescription drug use lead to a driving under the influence and the subsequent fines, probation, license suspension, and possible jail time. If you face a DUI charge in California – now or in the future – speak at once with an experienced California driving under the influence defense attorney. A good DUI defense lawyer will negotiate with the prosecutor to have your charge reduced or dropped entirely. He or she will schedule a DMV hearing and try to keep your license from being suspended. If your driving under the influence case goes to trial, you’ll need a lawyer who can challenge the prosecution’s evidence and discredit the prosecution’s witnesses. If you end up charged with DUI, whether or not you were drinking, get the help you need and contact an experienced California DUI defense attorney promptly.