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New DUI-related unit started in Los Angeles County

California’s recent vote in favor of marijuana legalization has many ramifications. So, it could have many impacts on law enforcement conduct and tactics in the state. And this is not just the case for drug enforcement. It could also have implications related to DUI enforcement.

When it comes to DUI, the main thing that may come to mind is drunk driving. However, DUI charges can also be brought against California drivers accused of driving while under the influence of drugs. Such charges can come up in connection to legal drugs as well as illegal ones. Some expect that the legalization of marijuana in California might lead to a new wave of drug-related DUI cases in the state.

Recently, a new investigative unit aimed at providing training regarding DUI cases, including drug-related DUI cases, was started by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. It will provide training to law enforcement regarding investigating DUI cases, including training on looking into whether drugs contributed to a given traffic accident. It will also provide training related to DUI prosecution.

One wonders what impacts this new unit and marijuana legalization will have on law enforcement and prosecutor conduct regarding drug-related DUI cases here in Los Angeles County.

Just as is the case with being accused of drunk driving, being accused of drug-related DUI (such as driving under the influence of marijuana) can put a California driver in a very precarious situation. How their case ends up going could have lots of implications in their life. So, when facing allegations of being impaired by marijuana or another drug when driving, one step a person may want to promptly take is seeking out a skilled DUI defense attorney’s help for their case.

Source: KHTS, “Law Enforcement Creating New Unit To Fight DUIs,” Perry Smith, Feb. 21, 2017

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