DUID and Missouri DWI Law

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Most people know that DUI and DWI are basically the same thing in Missouri, and mean driving while intoxicated or under the influence. However, you may not be familiar with the term DUID, which while a less common offense stands for driving under the influence of drugs.

You might think a DUID charge would be more serious than being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, but this is actually not the case. Regardless of whether alcohol or drugs are involved, all DWI cases should be considered serous by those charged because of the severity of the consequences. Fines, possible jail time, a criminal record, license suspension, and other sanctions
are possible in either situation.

Ultimately, for a person who has been charged for the first time it makes no difference whether you were impaired by alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both - you will still be charged with DWI. The one difference between the two is that a first-offense driving under the influence of drug charge is not eligible for expungement from your criminal record in Missouri, whereas a driving while intoxicated charge is eligible for expungement.

Blood or urine testing may be used in a DUID case, just as these tests (along with a breath test) are often used in DWI cases. Many people are horrified that if found driving under the influence of drugs, the entire criminal process will be tougher and the charges hard to beat. The fact is, a skilled criminal defense attorney knows how to challenge the evidence, discredit the results of drug testing, and have certain evidence excluded or thrown out after thorough review. Prosecutors have the burden of proof, and an experienced defense litigator can often successfully challenge this "proof."

As with many other offenses, there are situations in which it may be in the best interest of the alleged offender to negotiate a plea deal with prosecutors; this basically means you plead guilty to a lesser charge and therefore will face punishment that's less harsh. No matter what the circumstances are, always consult with a highly qualified Kansas City criminal defense attorney who will provide you with dedicated legal guidance and support.

The O'Connor Law Firm represents those charged with DWI and DUID in the Kansas City area.

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