Top 5 Myths Associated with Facing DUI Charges in Kansas

Undoubtedly, facing DUI charges in Kansas is certainly no laughing matter, and, without effective representation, can result in serious and sometimes irreversible legal consequences.  While it is certainly true that a DUI is something that should never be ignored, there are myths associated with these types of cases that can influence those accused to think that they are both defenseless and without hope.  Moreover, when people choose to believe these myths, it may also lead them to make legal mistakes in their case that can cost them a significant amount of money and also, their freedom.  Whether you were charged with a DUI for the first time or are deemed a repeat-offender, a highly seasoned Kansas criminal defense attorney can help mitigate, if not completely prevent, many of the severe repercussions associated with Kanas DUI charges.  Moreover, they can also dispel the many harmful myths associated with DUI cases, which include the following:

  • I can only be charged with a DUI due to impairment from illegal drugs and/or alcohol.

Pursuant to Kansas law, a person can be charged and ultimately convicted of driving to the point of impairment while taking prescription medication as well as over the counter remedies, including Nyquil.

  • If I am facing drunk-driving charges in Kansas, I will probably be found guilty

This could not be farthest from the truth.  In Kansas, the State must prove that the accused is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  Despite how the television often portrays prosecutors as flawless on television, they can and sometimes do make mistakes.  Meaning, the State’s case may be replete with weaknesses, or, the police may have taken measures that actually violated your constitutional rights during your arrest – both of which help strengthen your defense case.

  • If I am convicted of a DUI for the first time, I will likely receive just a slap on the wrist.

Due to evolving public policy in favor of tougher DUI laws, longer as easy as it was in the past to reduce a DUI charge in Kansas to reckless driving.  As such, a person charged for the first time with a DUI could face up to six months in jail and be forced to deal with other serious consequences, as provided under Kansas’ DUI laws.

  • Now that I am facing DUI charges, I am completely defenseless.

As an experienced DUI attorney, I have prevailed in a number of cases due to evidence suppression issues, improper police procedure, and other factors.  While prosecutors do whatever it takes to launch a strong case against you, it takes a seasoned DUI attorney to know how to poke holes in their case and help you fight for your rights.

  • I should hire the first attorney I meet since time is of the essence.

Absolutely not. It is crucial that you work with an attorney who has the experience necessary to effectively represent you and your legal interests.  Despite their claims to the contrary, not every attorney knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system to make a difference in your case and, to mount a strong defense on your behalf.  With this in mind, make sure to interview a number of attorneys before making your final decision.

If you are facing DUI-related charges in Kanas, it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you.   For more than 35 years, the attorneys at the Whitman Law Offices have successfully defended thousands of people throughout Lawrence and northeast Kansas facing all type of DUI charges.  As an experienced Kansas DUI attorney, I will take the time necessary to review your case, advise you of the scope of your legal options, and even visit you in jail in the event that you have been arrested.  I invite you to call us at (785) 843-9460 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.

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