Many people are surprised to find out that they can be arrested for DUI even if they have not consumed any alcohol. DUI stands for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Drugs, just like alcohol, can impair a driver's hand-eye coordination, reaction time, concentration, vision, depth perception and his or her ability to make good decisions. An individual's ability to safely drive a vehicle can be affected by marijuana, cocaine, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, herbal remedies and many other types of drugs. Certain medical conditions, diseases, or injuries can also cause an individual to appear as if he or she is intoxicated. If you are driving erratically, at a high rate of speed, cause an accident, or simply commit a minor traffic infraction you could be arrested for DUI should an officer be able to establish probable cause that you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
To protect yourself against a DUI arrest related to drug intoxication, it is important that you exercise caution when taking prescription medications; follow the instructions on the label. And never, unless absolutely necessary, keep prescription medications in your car. Until you know how your body will react to certain drugs, you might consider refraining from driving. If you are found to be under the influence of illegal drugs or narcotics, you could be facing drug crime penalties in addition to DUI penalties. Should any individual be injured or killed as a result of a DUI accident, you could be facing more serious charges such as vehicular manslaughter which carries heavy penalties upon conviction.
If you have been arrested for any type of DUI you need to obtain legal representation immediately. Reach out to our Kansas City DUI lawyer, Paul W. Burmaster, at once so that he can review the circumstances leading up to your arrest, advise you of your legal rights, challenge any charges you face and ultimately help you avoid conviction.