Driving Under the Influence — Illegal Drugs
DUI Attorney Patterson Weaver provides experienced, capable, and results-driven representation in Driving Under the Influence of illegal drugs cases. Serving El Paso County (Colorado Springs), Pueblo County, Fremont County (Canon City), Teller County (Woodland Park and Cripple Creek), and additional counties on a case-by-case basis, DUI Lawyer Patterson Weaver will fight for your rights and your liberty. Call Patterson Weaver right away for a free consultation regarding your case.
What is a Drugged Driving Case?
When people think of DUIs, they normally think of someone having a couple too many drinks at the bar before getting behind the wheel. While it is true that most DUIs are alcohol related, many instead involve either legal or illegal drugs. Attorneys and the courts have nicknamed these cases DUIDs (Driving Under the Influence of Drugs). DUID cases typically fall into one of three categories:
- Prescription Medications
- Illegal Drugs (including cocaine, heroine, methamphetamine, etc.)
While all of these cases have their own challenges, one of the greatest challenges with illegal drug DUIs is that the DUI sometimes comes with other possession charges as well, including drug felonies. This circumstance can make these cases much more complicated to handle, as concerns with the DUI charge must be balanced with potential illegal possession charges and their consequences.
What Exactly Does Driving Under the Influence Mean in Colorado?
In Colorado, the DUI statute states that someone is guilty of DUI if they drive a motor vehicle “. . . when a person has consumed alcohol or one or more drugs, or a combination of alcohol and one or more drugs, that affects the person to a degree that the person is substantially incapable, either mentally or physically, or both mentally and physically, to exercise clear judgment, sufficient physical control, or due care in the safe operation of a vehicle.” C.R.S. §42-4-1301(1)(f) (2017).
Further, even if someone is not substantially incapable of safely operating a motor vehicle, the may be guilty of Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI or DWI for short) if they are impaired even to the slightest degree. See C.R.S. §42-4-1301(1)(g)(2017). DWAI is usually far easier for the prosecutor to prove than DUI.
How can an Attorney Help Me?
You should never try to handle a DUI alone. While no one ever budgets for the need to hire an attorney, a DUI charge is serious and can have real repercussions to your liberty and your future. An attorney can help you:
- Evaluate your case for motions issues;
- Obtain experts to provide helpful expert testimony at trial;
- Re-test blood samples to verify the accuracy of the state’s blood test;
Negotiate the best achievable outcome with the prosecution possibly including;
- Reduced or eliminated jail time (or in home detention depending on the jurisdiction and circumstances);
- Reduction in the level of the charges;
- Reduced Useful Public Service
- Obtain a deferred sentence
- Obtain a lower level and shorter term of probation;
- Reduced or suspended fines;
What Should I Do?
If you find yourself charged with a DUI case involving illegal drugs, you should contact DUI Lawyer Patterson Weaver immediately to set up a free consultation. DUI cases, especially DUI cases involving an allegation of illegal drug use, are cases that should never be handled alone. DUI Attorney Patterson Weaver fights hard to get his clients the best possible outcome for each individual case. Call him today to discuss your case.