Getting handcuffed and thrown into the back of a police car can be an absolutely humiliating thing to experience. For those who are charged with DUI, the consequences are undeniably serious. Police forces in California and across the nation are stepping up efforts and doing a great job of cracking down on intoxicated driving. However, when it comes to DUI defense, not many people are aware a DUI charge is possible without consuming alcohol.

Police in Porterville are launching a public awareness campaign regarding DUI. The Porterville Police Department is reminding drivers that DUI involves more than just alcohol. Drivers can be charged with driving under the influence if they drive while using prescription drugs or marijuana and are impaired, police said.

The PPD announced that they will be setting up a DUI checkpoint on an upcoming weekend at an undisclosed location within Porterville. Officers will check drivers for appropriate licensing and look for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Police also said they will be conducting DUI saturation patrols aimed at getting intoxicated and impaired drivers off the road. Police are urging people not to drive if they are impaired and are offering helpful advice such as using a designated driver.

Every year, thousands of drivers are arrested for DUI across the state of California. However, a DUI charge does not mean an individual will face a conviction. Those who have been charged with a DUI have the right to seek legal representation. A knowledgeable and experienced attorney can determine a DUI defense strategy and help individuals achieve the best possible outcome relative to their situation.