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Driving Under the Influence of Drugs in Kansas

When you mention the word “DUI,” what’s the first thing that you think of? For most people, it’s driving while drunk. However, DUI charges aren’t limited to just alcohol intoxication, but any form of inebriation that could impact your ability to drive safely. One of the fastest-growing threats of intoxication on the roads today is driving while under the influence of drugs (DUID) , and today, charges can carry extremely heavy, even life-changing penalties if you are found guilty in court.

Have you been arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs? If so, you should not hesitate to contact a Kansas City criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. At Rokusek Stein Law, LLC, we understand how difficult DUI charges can be for you and your loved ones, and we work hard to help you successfully navigate your case with confidence. We have more than 30 years of combined practice experience on all court levels, and have helped numerous clients obtain a successful outcome after their arrest. We believe every client deserves top-quality representation for their trial, and we tailor our strategy to meet your needs and offer you the dedicated, quality defense you’re looking for.

If you have been accused of driving under the influence of drugs, call Rokusek Stein Law, LLC today by dialing (913) 583-0465 to request a free consultation!

Driving Under the Influence of Prescription Drugs

While alcohol-intoxicated DUI numbers are actually decreasing thanks to better education and responsible actions, drugged driving is quickly rising to take its place. A 2009 report from the NHTSA found that as many as 16% of drivers at night have some form of drugs in their system, both legal and illegal, which might be impacting their ability to drive. As this problem continues to grow, expect law enforcement to take extra precautionary and preventative measures to keep these drivers off the road and ensure safety.

One of the largest reasons for this is that the laws are designed to include “any drug,” which can include medications or other drugs you have received via a valid prescription from a doctor. Being legally allowed to consume a substance does not excuse driving while under the influence of one. Most drugs that have a risk for driving-impairment side effects will come with a warning not to drive or operate machinery while using them, but some people still continue to drive, not recognizing that they are impaired and subject to being charged with DUID (driving under the influence of drugs).

Some drugs that could inhibit your ability to drive safely include:

  • Allergy medications
  • Cold medicines
  • Painkillers (codeine, morphine, etc.)
  • Antibiotics

The typical elements prosecutors use to prove the occurred are that the intoxicated individual drove the vehicle, and that they were in any way intoxicated or inebriated while doing so, impacting their ability to drive safely. While alcohol is the most common cause for driving under the influence, stronger medicines, such as pain killers, sleeping pills, or even allergy or strong pain medications can all have a significant impact on your ability to drive safely.

Many of these medications that could potentially result in lessened reaction times, drowsiness, or general impairment come with warnings saying you should not drive or operate machinery while taking these drugs. There’s a good reason for this: prescription drugs can have an extremely heavy impact on a person, including showing signs similar to that of alcohol or illegal drug intoxication. Increased reaction times, lack of awareness for surroundings, and even a general loss of some control over muscles are all potential side effects, which means that someone on one of these medications could pose a serious risk to themselves and those around them.

Kansas DUID Sobriety Field Tests

While breathalyzer tests have enabled law enforcement to obtain fairly accurate blood alcohol content readings in mere moments, drugged driving is much harder to test for. Most often, officers are forced to take you to a location where they can draw blood to run a chemical test and determine if any potentially-inebriating substances are present. This can lead to a number of discrepancies or mistakes which can place the integrity of the evidence into question.

A breathalyzer does not work for driving under the influence of drugs, so if an officer suspects that you are intoxicated while driving, they can arrest you and order you to take a blood or urine test, which you are required to submit to under our state’s “implied consent” law. If you cannot take a blood test for any reason (such as anemia), you are allowed to inform the officer of your condition but you will still be required to take the urine test. Your refusal to take this test could be submitted as evidence against you, as well as lead to an added license suspension.

Experienced Kansas City Drug DUI Legal Counsel

If you have been arrested for DUI, it’s important that you seek assistance from a Kansas City DUI attorney. When you call Rokusek Stein Law, LLC, we can put more than 30 years of experience on your side, including more than 50 jury trials and hundreds of bench trials in all court levels, we have the ability to help you combat your charges effectively and the aggressive strategy that can help you pursue the best possible outcome to your case. Our attorneys have been recognized for their excellence, including obtaining numerous accolades such as a perfect 10.0 Superb rating from Avvo, and being selected to Kansas Super Lawyers.

If you are facing charges for driving under the influence of drugs, don’t hesitate! Contact Rokusek Stein Law, LLC online now to begin assembling your defense.

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