Seeking Medical Assistance for Drug Overdose Defense
As of January 1, 2013, if a person is seeking medical assistance for a drug overdose in good faith, it is no longer a crime to be under the influence of, or to possess for personal use, a controlled substance or drug paraphernalia.
This new law allows anyone suffering from a drug overdose to seek medical assistance without the fear of prosecution of a drug crime. The law does not apply to the sale of drugs.
The law also does not shield people from driving under the influence.
This law is a small step forward in the treatment of drug addiction as it promotes treatment rather than punishment.
If you are facing a drug crime charge, call the Law Offices of Nam Q. Doan | OC Legal Defense today at (714)248-DOAN(3626). I can help you fight off the drug charges. For more information, read the Drug Possession section.