Knowledgeable Lawyer Defending You In DUI Drug Cases
A driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) charge is even more complicated to fight than a standard DUI charge. Since there are fewer standardized tests for drug influence, establishing a DUID requires a greater trust in the testimonies of experts. The fines and other consequences for DUID are significant. If you are facing DUID charges, it is important to work with a skilled and experienced lawyer who can help defend you and achieve the best results possible.
I am attorney William V. Cristman, and my firm in St. Albans defends clients against DUID charges throughout Northern Vermont. As a lawyer, I bring 15 years of experience and a track record of success to every case the firm handles.
The Steps To Take In Defeating DUID Charges
When the police pull someone over under suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, they will do some tests. If the Breathalyzer comes back without any indication of alcohol in the system, the police will then bring the driver in on a “DUI Drugs” charge.
My strategy in defending you against a DUID claim is to attack:
- The evidence: In most DUID cases, the police are unable to uncover any actual drugs, paraphernalia or other forms of hard evidence. When they do obtain this type of evidence, it is usually a result of an illegal stop, an illegal search and seizure or other violation of the rights of the accused.
- The expert testimony: Absent instruments like the Breathalyzer used in DUI claims involving alcohol, the criminal courts in DUID cases have to rely mostly on expert testimony. The prosecuting attorney will bring in ‘drug recognition experts’ to establish that a person was indeed under the influence of drugs. I have extensive experience attacking the qualifications and credibility of so-called ‘drug recognition experts’. In most cases a drug recognition “expert” is simply a police officer who has taken a week-long state sponsored course.