In Denver, it is illegal to drive under the influence of drugs and you will face strict charges for DUID if you’re found to be substantially impaired to drive either by illegal drugs or medically prescribed drugs. Unlike the minimum alcohol limit, there is no legal limit for drugs in Denver and you will have to serve penalty for any amount of drugs in your system.
Even prescription drugs can lead you to conviction or arrest in Denver. There are, however, some defenses that can work in your favor (such as invalid blood reports and failure to read your rights) which you can use in court.
DUID penalties in Denver
DUID conviction can lead to a jail term ranging anywhere from 10 days to 12 months, depending on the type of drug you’re found to be under the influence of. Also, you will have to pay a fine of between $600 and $1,000 along with public service requisites. If you’re arrested on a first time offense, the jail term might be suspended if you agree to drug evaluation.
Drugs that can lead you to DUID charges are: heroin, Xanax, meth, cocaine, marijuana, LSD, mushrooms, ecstasy, valium, vicodin, ambien, and other prescription drugs. Apart from DUID, you may also face charges if you’re found to be in possession of any of these drugs.
A breath test does not reveal the amount of drugs in your system. For this reason, a blood test is required for DUID, although you have the right to refuse it. It is, however, advisable to take up the test in most cases because refusing it can lead to even bigger consequences. It can be used as an evidence against you in court, as well.
Additionally, you could face charges even for over-the-counter products like Benadryl. Denver laws say that no matter what type of drug it is, you may have to face penalty if you are impaired by it while driving.
Talk to your lawyer
If you’re arrested for DUID charges in Denver, it’s of extreme importance that you immediately get in touch with anexpert legal representative. Drug-related charges are being prosecuted stringently in the state of Colorado because the number of DUID offenses have increased substantially in the recent years.
There are several defenses that your attorney can use for you in court. Since there is no exact scientific way to interpret the effects of drugs in an individual’s body, there is no specific drug content in blood that can actually prove you guilty. Also, traces of a drug could be detected in your system long after you’ve given up use. Your attorney could use a toxicologist in court to provide witness as to how much level of the drug can cause how much impairment in your system.
Attorney Richard B. Huttner, with over 20 years’ of experience as a DUID defense attorney in the Denver region, can help you avoid conviction or minimize your sentence if you approach him as soon as possible.