Most people associate a driving under the influence (DUI) charge or driving while ability impaired (DWAI) charge with alcohol impairment. In Colorado, you will be charged with DUI, DWAI, or another related offense if the police believe that you drove under the influence of alcohol, any drug, or a combination of alcohol and any one or more drugs. DUI and DWAI charges having to do with drugs are sometimes called “DUID” (driving under the influence of drugs).
Understanding DUID Charges In Colorado
In order to pull a driver over, police officers must have probable cause to believe that the driver is committing a traffic violation. Weaving, failing to use a blinker when switching lanes, or a taillight that is out are common reasons for traffic stops. If, after pulling a driver over, the officer believes they may be under the influence or impaired that officer can request that they submit to a breath or blood test. If the officer believed that a driver is impaired or intoxicated by a drug, or by a combination of alcohol and drugs, they will require a blood test.
Recreational use of marijuana is legal in Colorado. Driving while intoxicated or impaired by marijuana is illegal, and can result in a DUI charge. DUI and DWAI cases involving marijuana and other drugs are complex and present different legal issues and defenses than alcohol-related driving charges. We are highly educated and experienced in this particular type of charge, and have successfully obtained a large number of favorable outcomes for clients charged with driving under the influence of substances other than alcohol.
Consequences For DUI And DWAI Charges Related To Drugs
The legal consequences for DUI and DWAI charges are the same as those for alcohol-related DUI and DWAI charges.
You need an attorney on your side who understands the complexities of the law and how to best advocate for your rights and privileges. If you were recently arrested for DUID, even if you were not formally charged yet, call our Boulder law office at 303-593-1874 or contact our law firm online.