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If you have been issued a citation for DWI (driving while intoxicated) or DUI (driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol), it will be important for you to find an attorney well-versed in Kansas DWI/DUI law.

To be issued a citation, a police officer must have reason to contact you; such reasons might include a traffic accident; a traffic stop related to an infraction, such as speeding; a sobriety checkpoint; investigation of another crime; a stop due to erratic driving; or countless other scenarios.

DWI and DUI are serious charges and crimes that can have a significant impact on you, now and in the future. When issued a citation for DUI or DWI in the state of Kansas, two lawsuits will be brought against you. One will be brought by the city in which you were stopped; the other will be brought up by the Kansas Department of Revenue against your driver's license. These lawsuits will impact your driving record and potentially, your quality of life.

The laws surrounding DWI and DUI are regularly revised and are becoming increasingly more stringent. To navigate these laws and help present your case to a Kansas judge and the Kansas court system, it is critical that you obtain the legal advice of attorneys familiar with the laws and intricacies of the laws.

In Kansas, it is illegal to drive or attempt to operate a vehicle if you have a blood or breath alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. The consequences of this can be severe. Drivers who have a BAC of .15 or higher could face even more restrictions and consequences than those listed below. A DUI conviction, even a first offense, will likely result in:

Jail time
A monetary fine
Suspension or revocation of your driver's license
Community service hours
Participation in a drug safety program or drug treatment program at your expense
An increase in your insurance premiums
A criminal record
Your vehicle potentially being impounded

When facing a DUI charge in Kansas, your driving privileges will be suspended and your driver's license may be revoked. Your car may be impounded and you will face heavy fines, in addition to court fees, probation, and evaluation fees. If you are charged with subsequent DUI offenses, you will face more stringent charges, including an increase in fines, suspension of driving privileges for extended periods or permanently, impounding of your vehicle for a year, as well as felony charges and imprisonment.

There are particular restrictions and consequences that may apply to drivers under the age of 21 cited with DUI, as well as for commercial drivers.

A prosecutor can prove a DUI case in two ways: One way is by proving that the defendant was a less safe driver because of alcohol or drug impairment, with supporting evidence from police records, sobriety tests, observations, and other information. The second way is to prove that the defendant's blood alcohol level was .08 or greater at the time of contact with the police. This is supported by evidence of a valid blood alcohol test, such as blood, breath, or urine test, that was properly administered and that the driver had been driving within a two-hour time frame of the test.

If you have been cited for DUI and have a pending charge in the state of Kansas, it is highly recommended that you seek legal consultation from an attorney well-versed in DUI laws. The laws are ever-changing and consistently getting stricter. Navigating through the DUI process is complicated and requires professional assistance.


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