A common question when facing allegations of driving under the influence of drugs (CVC 23152(a)) is, how does the prosecution prove that a suspect was “under the influence” of a narcotic? Proving that a defendant was under the influence of a drug requires proving that the substance involved impaired driving. It is important to know that it is not a defense to the charge that the defendant had a prescription or otherwise legally used an over-the-counter, non-prescription drug.
For a conviction based in whole or part on drug use, two general elements must be met:
(1) The drug must be a substance or combination of substances other than alcohol that can impair driving to an appreciable degree; AND
(2) It must be proved that the defendant was in fact impaired by that drug.
Simply being “impaired” may not be enough to sustain a conviction. The level of impairment must be “appreciable.”
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