Recreational drug use and DUI laws

Changes in Colorado’s laws regarding the recreational use of marijuana have brought confusion and frustration as lawmakers continue to work to adjust DUI laws to match these changes. As a result, individuals arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs may face challenges as they fight to protect their right to drive and other lawful entitlements.

It is critical to work with a lawyer who both understands the laws that could affect a defendant’s case as well as the nuances of a successful DUID defense. DUID cases can be quite complex, and if you are charged, you need an experienced legal ally advocating for your interests.

How can you defend yourself against DUID charges?

When building a strong defense for drugged driving charges, your lawyer must consider the following issues that could influence your case, including:

  • A person could test positive for marijuana for days, even weeks after consumption. The substance stays in the bloodstream for much longer than alcohol.
  • A person’s age, health and metabolism can affect drug test results.
  • Drug tests are not reliable regarding a person’s possible impairment during a traffic stop.

Due to the inaccuracy of drug tests, it is possible that there are problems with the evidence that the prosecution has against you. In addition to possibly inaccurate test results, any violation of your rights or lack of reasonable grounds for a traffic stop could lead to a reduction or complete dismissal of the charges against you.

Even if drug tests indicate that you were under the influence at the time of your arrest, you can still challenge that evidence against you. Whether you are innocent of the charges or simply want to understand how you can keep your license and move forward after being charged with a crime, you would be wise to secure legal counsel as soon as possible after an arrest.

Building a successful defense

The key to successfully defending against criminal charges of any kind is to take quick action to protect your rights and interests. A criminal defense lawyer experienced in complicated DUID cases knows how to effectively navigate through the process, working hard to ensure your rights are respected while fighting for the best possible outcome to your drugged driving case. With qualified assistance, a DUID charge does not have to derail your life.

Cynthia A. McKedy

Cynthia A. McKedyAs a former prosecutor, Ms. McKedy supervised and trained new deputy district attorneys. During her tenure as deputy district attorney, Ms. McKedy successfully tried over a dozen homicide cases. As a defense attorney, she has been able to utilize all of her trial skills and knowledge to procure great results for her clients.

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