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DUID Laws and Penalties

November 9, 2011 by  
Filed under DUI

If you are pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs (DUID), you could be facing penalties that can adversely impact your personal and professional life.

Although Colorado allows the possession and use of medical marijuana, it is still illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana. DUID cases can be even more complicated than driving under the influence (DUI) cases because they can involve a spectrum of drugs including prescription medication and medical marijuana. It is also complicated because the effects of these drugs are equally wide ranging and difficult to measure.

DUID penalties may include:

•Driver’s license suspension or revocation

• Fines • Jail time

• Community service

• Drug treatment classes

Most police officers are not trained in recognizing the specific indicators of various drugs, and they will often call in drug recognition evaluators when they’ve stopped a driver for suspected DUID. Colorado’s DUID laws are considered “effect-based,” which means the state must prove that the influence in drugs resulted in the driving infraction.

Police may ask you to take a field sobriety test. You do not have to take a field sobriety test. Field sobriety tests are flawed, but their results can be used against you.

Knowledgeable DUID attorneys, such as Denver criminal lawyer Nicolas M. Geman, also understands that the results of blood and breath tests do not necessarily determine the level of someone’s impairment at the time he or she was driving.

If you’ve been arrested for DUID, the most important thing you can do is contact experienced Denver criminal defense attorney Nicolas M. Geman as soon as possible to help protect your rights.


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