Lawrence Kansas OUI and DUI Lawyer
Defending Operating While Intoxicated and Criminal Charges in Lawrence
What is the Difference between OUI (Operating Under the Influence) and
DUI (Driving Under the Influence) ?
I have been representing KU students, Lawrence residents, and visitors
to Lawrence for more than twenty years in Lawrence Municipal Court and
a question I often get is 'I received an OUI charge in Lawrence, is
that different from or less serious than a DUI Charge?' The short
answer is that the two are identical and treated the same under Kansas
law and that the Administrative Procedure regarding a potential Drivers
License suspension is the same. Lawrence Municipal Court also processes
a large amount of Minor in Possession / Consumption (MIP) cases when KU
is in session. Traffic enforcement also nabs a fair amount of out-of-town
guests in town for a KU Basketball or Football game.
The Municipal Court of Lawrence is the judicial branch of the City, handling
all misdemeanor, traffic and city code violations. There is no right to
a Jury Trial in Lawrence Municipal Court, and all appeals from Municipal
Court are made to Douglas County District Court. The Court employs a full-time
staff of Prosecutors and one full-time Judge. You may petition for expungement
of an offense from Lawrence Municipal Court after three years have passed
since the sentence was satisfied or probation was completed. However some
cases including Operating Under the Influence (OUI), or Driving Under
the Influence (DUI) , Driving While Suspended, or Leaving the Scene of
an Accident require a five year waiting period.
The Lawrence Municipal Court hears cases involving OUI, DUI, Boating While
Intoxicated (BWI), Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Probation Violations,
Misdemeanor Possession of Drugs (Marijuana or other controlled substance),
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Stealing or Shoplifting (Misdemeanor
Theft) cases, Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP), Transporting Open
Container of Alcohol (TOC), Speeding Tickets, Careless Driving, and other
traffic tickets and City Ordinance violations.
Regardless of whether you are facing a criminal charge for a
first time DUI or if you have been charged with
multiple DUI, the fact remains the same: the very best thing that you can do to help
protect your rights is to speak with an aggressive DUI lawyer. The evidence
that can be held against you, especially pertaining to
BAC from a
breath and blood test or the results of a
field sobriety test, can be difficult to work with and without the right amount of experience
in the legal arena can appear impossible to overcome.
They, however, do not have to be. Even if you have been charged with
implied consent refusal, you do not need to feel hopeless. At the Law Offices of Charles R. Green,
their legal team has extensive experience in handling cases involving
DUI, both in
Missouri, and know the elbow grease it takes to defend them - from an
underage DUI to a
felony to a
BWI. For this reason, if you contact them to help navigate you through the
complex process, you can breathe easier knowing that they will do everything
possible to assist you.
Knowledgeable DUI Defense Lawyer Serving Lawrence
At their firm, they know what to do first following a criminal charge or
arrest. Regardless of whether you were involved in a
DUI accident or even a
DUI involving drugs, you can trust in their knowledge. They are even able to assist defend against
unlawful police stops and charges of both
leaving the scene or
driving while suspended. Regardless of the details of your case, they have both the knowledge
and the desire necessary to protect you.
For experienced and aggressive criminal defense,
contact a Lawrence DUI lawyer at the firm today.
Lawrence Resource Links
DUI Information Center
Lawrence, KS Site
City of Lawrence Official Twitter Page
Lawrence Municipal Court Information
1006 New Hampshire
Lawrence, Kansas 66044
Phone: (785) 832-6190
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.