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OUI Drugs Attorney in Manchester, New Hampshire

Defending Clients Charged for Driving Impaired by Drugs

An individual can be charged with operating under the influence (OUI) of drugs when impaired by any intoxicating substance, including natural, prescription, and synthetic drugs. If you or a loved one has been charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by a drug or another impairing substance, you need an experienced Manchester OUI drugs attorney at Attorney Joseph Kelly Levasseur, PLLC to defend your rights.

I, Attorney Joseph Kelly Levasseur, have more than 20 years of criminal defense experience representing clients in complicated drunk driving and drugged driving cases.

Call us or contact us online today to get advice from our Manchester OUI drugs lawyer.

The Difference Between OUI & DWI

Driving While Intoxicated is charged for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or

drugs. Operating Under the Influence (OUI) drug charges cover situations when a driver is operating a vehicle under the influence of any natural or synthetic substances that impair the driver’s ability to operate the vehicle safely.

You could be charged with OUI drugs for driving under the influence of:

  • Prescription drugs

  • Controlled substances

  • Over-the-counter drugs

  • Any chemical or natural substance that impairs the ability

While many people associate OUI drug charges with marijuana, heroin, and other illegal drugs, an individual may face charges for any type of drug, including a prescription medication that was taken as prescribed. This includes prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs that have side effects, such as fatigue, drowsiness, impairment of judgment, or warnings about not operating a motor vehicle.

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Consequences of an OUI Conviction

The consequences of an OUI conviction are the same as with a DWI for alcohol. The specific penalties depend on how many prior convictions the defendant has on his or her record. The amount of jail time, fines, and length of license suspension varies, depending on the number of prior offenses.

DWI for alcohol and OUI drug charges are interchangeable in New Hampshire, so someone with a prior DWI for alcohol and a subsequent OUI for drugs would be considered a second offense.

Penalties for OUI may include:

  • A jail sentence

  • Fines ranging from several hundred to thousands of dollars

  • License suspension for a first or second offense

  • Permanent license revocation for a third offense

  • Drug abuse screening

  • Participation in the Impaired Driver Intervention Program

You need an experienced Manchester OUI drug lawyer to evaluate possible defense strategies and help you mount a strong defense. There are a few possible defense strategies to drug charges that are not possible in alcohol-related cases. For example, drug testing doesn’t indicate when the drug was taken, so there is no way for the prosecution to prove definitively that the person was impaired at the time of the arrest.

Testing to Determine Impairment

One major problem with OUI cases is the difficulty in proving impairment. As with alcohol-related offenses, someone suspected of driving under the influence is subject to field sobriety testing. There are a few different tests that are used to determine physical impairment.

However, BAC testing does not detect drugs and many of the commonly used methods of detecting alcohol impairment are not effective for drugs. Blood and urine testing may also be used, but it takes time to get the results.

At Attorney Joseph Kelly Levasseur, PLLC, I take a strategic approach to each case. I will examine the reason the police gave for stopping you to ensure that your constitutional rights were not violated and how impairment was determined to look for opportunities to challenge or suppress evidence. Throughout the entire legal process, I am accessible to my clients, so you will always know the status of your case.

Please call the office to schedule a consultation by phone or in-person with Attorney Joseph Kelly Levasseur, PLLC.