If the police have reasonable suspicion that you were driving under the influence of drugs, regardless of whether any drugs or paraphernalia are found in your vehicle, you may be charged with driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) or driving while ability impaired (DWAI).
A drugged driving violation need not involve an illegal drug, a narcotic drug, or a hallucinogenic drug. In fact, the drug involved may be something as ordinary as a cold medicine, a sleeping pill, or herbal supplements…so long as that drug has a mind or body altering effect that impairs ability to drive.
Many individuals believe that, if they were prescribed the drug in question, their case will be thrown out. Unfortunately, that is not true. Whether or not you were allowed to possess the drug is irrelevant to a drugged driving charge; the courts are only concerned with the degree to which that drug impaired your ability to drive.
Like a DUI, a DUID will constitute a major traffic violation and one strike under Colorado habitual traffic offender law. However, unlike DUI, DUID does not involve a legal or safe limit.
If you have been convicted of DUI, DUID or any other drug crime and are looking for representation call Kimberly now at (720) 257-5346 for a FREE 45 min consultation.