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Being Under The Influence Of Drugs

Los Angeles Drug Crime Defense Lawyer

If you’ve been arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, drug, or narcotic, it’s important to retain the services of a defense attorney who is experienced in these matters. At Okabe & Haushalter, we have a great deal of experience in California drug crimes law and have successfully defended many clients throughout Los Angeles against all types of drug charges, including being under the influence.

Under The Influence Laws & Penalties

Under California law, it’s illegal to be under the influence of a controlled substance, drug, or narcotic, such as:

  • Marijuana (unless you have a valid medical marijuana license)
  • Cocaine, Crack Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • LSD
  • MDMA
  • Methamphetamines, Meth, Crystal Meth
  • Mushrooms
  • GHB
  • Steroids
  • Methadone
  • Cannabis
  • PCP
  • Peyote
  • Speed
  • Opium
  • Hashish

In addition to these drugs, you will also face criminal charges for being under the influence of a prescription drug if you do not have a valid prescription from a licensed doctor or physician. This is common in cases involving OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax, Codeine, Valium, Morphine, etc.

Being under the influence is considered a misdemeanor offense, and is punishable by 90 days to 1 year in jail, fines, probation, community service, mandatory drug counseling or rehab, and a mark on your permanent record. However, you may face additional penalties based on the circumstances of your arrest. For instance, if you were arrested for driving under the influence of an illegal drug, you will face additional charges for DUI. If you are found with drugs in your possession, you will be charged with possession of a narcotic or controlled substance.

Defense For Under The Influence Of Drugs charges in Los Angeles

Even misdemeanor drug crimes need to be fought aggressively. We are committed to helping you resolve your case in a way that preserves your rights and protects your future. If you’ve been charged with being under the influence of an illegal drug, please contact a Los Angeles drug crime attorney for experienced defense representation!


The Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys at Okabe & Haushalter are ready to fight to tooth and nail for you. You have most likely heard of our firm from our television appearances, newspaper articles and other media from the national and international covered cases we have handled.