The charges of DUI or Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs and Refusal begin as misdemeanors and, after repeated offenses, a felony. See our DUI & Refusal Info Center section Potential Criminal Penalties for more information regarding when DUI or Refusal charges result in felony charges, and the other sections on What is a DUI in Kansas, Administrative Proceedings, DUI Juvenile Drivers, DUI Under 21 and DUI Diversion.
A DUI or Refusal conviction under any circumstances, whether involving alcohol or drugs, carries serious consequences that impact your life—loss of driving privileges, sky-rocketing insurance rates, heavy fines and jail time. Getting effective legal help is critical to what happens after arrest. The sooner you involve an attorney in your case, the better your chances are for a favorable outcome.
Effective & Experienced DUI – Refusal Representation
Our extensive experience and involvement in DUI – Refusal representation allows our attorneys to take a multi-dimensional view, examining all possible approaches to serve our client’s best interests. There are a number of constitutional rights and protocols that officials must adhere to in order to obtain a conviction on these charges. There must be probable cause to stop the suspect for the initial traffic stop. There must be a reason to suspect the driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs in order to administer BAC (blood alcohol concentration) tests. Tests must be conducted properly – sobriety tests in the field and BAC tests. If the breath test equipment used was not calibrated according to strict guidelines or within the required calibration period, or if the device was not properly utilized during the BAC test, grounds may exist to move for suppression of the test and/or case dismissal.
Aside from DUI consequences of driving under the influence of illicit drugs, possession and illegal drug use can be either misdemeanor or felony offenses, falling under both state and federal jurisdiction.
The type of drug in possession such as illegal drugs including marijuana, crack, heroin, meth or cocaine as well as certain prescription drugs considered to be addictive, such as Lortab, Valium and Oxycontin carry severe penalties if convicted of the charge. The severity of charge often depends also on the quantity of drug and whether there was intent to distribute or whether drug trafficking was involved. Involvement in drug manufacture also heavily weighs into drug crime charges.
Without the assistance of an experienced lawyer, it is possible to receive very stiff sentences that may not be appropriate to the circumstances of your situation. You need a skilled attorney on your side. To arrange a consultation to discuss your DUI or drug charges, please contact our firm at 888-263-7596 or 316-263-7596