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DUID Offense Charges

Boulder DUID Defense & Laws

Martini glass full of different pills on a white backgroundThe Clark Law Firm Boulder DUID defense lawyer is well-known for being prepared, knowledgeable and able to tirelessly represent his clients for cases involving Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID). DUID laws differ from state-to-state.

The Colorado DUID laws are particularly problematic due to the recent partial decriminalization of marijuana. Driving on drugs remains a serious offense, and if found guilty, you can expect steep fines, the loss of your driver’s license, lengthy probationary periods, or jail time.

It is important to note that DUID, sometimes referred to as driving while high or driving while stoned, can encompass the use not only of marijuana but also prescription drugs and every other form of illegal or legal drug.

If you find yourself in need of legal assistance, be sure to contact The Clark Law Firm, an experienced criminal defense firm who will fight hard to help ensure that the damage you face is mitigated.

Marijuana & THC Levels For Driving

On May 28th, 2012, the Colorado laws for driving under the influence of marijuana were enacted. They state, among other things, that all drivers may be considered impaired if their blood test shows that they have a level of THC in their system of 5 nanograms per milliliter of blood.

Many people opposed this law believing that the limit was arbitrarily placed and does not truly represent whether a person was actually impaired by marijuana while driving. Regardless of the opposition presented, the legislation passed and is now the law.

Prescription Drugs

Even though prescription drugs are prescribed by a doctor, that does not mean you are legally allowed to drive while impaired by their influence. Most prescription drugs come with a warning or disclaimer stating that no person should attempt to operate heavy machinery while under their influence or similar instructions. A motor vehicle can be considered, “heavy machinery,” in this sense.

Some prescription drugs do not mentally or physically inhibit you. For a great number of drugs on the market, that is not the case. The key is being knowledgeable about what you are taking and recognizing when you are impaired to any degree by the drug or a combination of alcohol and the drug.

All Other Drugs

There should be little surprise to find out that driving while you’re under the influence of a known illegal substance is punishable. However, it can be difficult to determine what, if any, drug you are on unless you confess to it. Carrying drugs of any kind with you in the car is a bad idea unless absolutely necessary.

They are likely to be found during a search. Any number of things can create indicators that a police officer may presume to be the influence of drugs at work. People can be wrongly charged, and wrongly convicted once an officer believes that a suspect has been consuming a drug.

The Various Aspects That Can Enhance DUID Punishment

As you can imagine, there are many factors which can increase the punishment received for a DUID case. The most common are worth noting and are as follows:

  • Traveling With a Child in the Vehicle
  • Excessive Speeding, Generally 15 or More MPH Over the Speed Limit
  • Prior Convictions for DUI, DWAI, & DUID
  • Property Damage, or Injury, Caused By an Accident While Under the Influence

If you’ve been charged with a DUID, contact us today at The Clark Law Firm for a FREE 30 minute consultation to find out how we can help you with your DUID offense charges.

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