While DUI offenses involving alcohol are far more common, it is also against the law in Kansas to operate a vehicle under the influence a drug, a combination of drugs, or a combination of a drug or drugs with alcohol. This offense is commonly abbreviated DUID.
A DUID charge carries the same criminal penalties and possible license suspension as a DUI.These drugs may be illegal drugs, such as marijuana, cocaine or methamphetamine. They may be prescription medicines such as pain killers, anti-depressant or anti-anxiety drugs, even if you took them as prescribed and even if the label on the medicine says nothing about your driving being impaired. You can even be charged with a DUID for using over-the-counter drugs such as Benadryl for allergies. Believe it or not, I know of a case in another state in which a driver was arrested for being under the influence of caffeine!
Many DUID arrests are made by specially-trained police officers call Drug Recognition Experts, or DREs. These officers have passed a 72-hour course, called the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DECP), to become acquainted with the effects of certain categories of drugs on humans. They learn to administer a 12-part examination to help them determine whether a driver is under the influence of drugs. They then apply their training in real-life situations before becoming certified DREs.
Often, however, DUID arrests are made by officers who are not DREs and have no special training in detecting drivers under the influence of drugs. This frequently occurs when a driver is found in possession of drugs, or after an accident when drugs are found in a driver's blood during medical treatment.
DUID Defense Attorney Brian Leininger is the only defense lawyer in Kansas or Missouri, and one of very few anywhere, who has completed and passed the 72-hour DECP program. If you are charged with DUID you need a lawyer who understands this area of the law. Contact me today for a free consultation.
NOTE TO ATTORNEYS:
If you are defending a citizen charged with DUID, I offer a service in which I review the evidence in the case, including the reports, notes, forms and video, and write a detailed analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the case. I am also available to provide expert testimony in court.