is a dui a drug convivtion or just a criminal conviction when its a first offense?
I'm having trouble following your question. In California it is possible to be convicted or driving under the influence or alcohol or drugs.
It can be. The (A) count is driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is possible that this can be used by ICE or the prosecution as a drug offense.
Edward J. Blum
A DUI can be a type of drug conviction, it depends of what your definition of drug conviction is. A conviction to 23152 (a), under the influence of drug, is the section that would apply. This is why when someone pleads guilty to a DUI you should always do it to 23152 (b) instead of 23152 (a). If the definition of a drug conviction includes charges for being under the influence of a drug, then yes a DUI is a drug conviction.
"Drug" means any substance or combination of substances, other than alcohol, that could affect the nervous system, brain or muscles of a person as to impair, to an apprecialble degree, his or her ability to drive a vehicle in the manner that an ordinarily prudent and cautious person, in full possession of his or her faculties, using reasonable care, would drive a similar vehicle under like conditions..
Anyone arrested for DUI (driving under the influence) of drugs is charged with violating Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a), and is prosecuted for a misdemeanor unless other circumstances exist.
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