DUI Defense

Driving Under the Influence may seem like an easy case, but they are often very complicated. You will need a skilled DUI Attorney to assist you in Colorado.

Alcohol and drug-related driving offenses include driving under the influence and driving while ability is impaired. If you have been accused of impaired or drunk driving, you are facing serious penalties, especially if you have prior DUI offenses. You may face high fines, jail time, loss of driving privileges, and more. If you’ve been arrested and charged with DUI, DWAI, or a related offense, contact with DUI Lawyer Lawrence and get the DUI defense representation. Our DUI attorney is in Aurora, but we regularly represent clients in Arapahoe County, Douglas County, Adams County, and the Denver Metro Area.

It is important to remember that a DUI can involve other criminal offenses.  If a defendant has a child in their vehicle, there could be a secondary charge of child abuse.  The possession of a firearm can result in charges for the unlawful possession of a firearm.  This is a second misdemeanor case and could result in additional jail, fines, and lose of the firearm.

Legal Meaning of DUI in Colorado

Driving under the influence is the operation of a motor vehicle while your ability to drive is substantial impaired by drugs, alcohol, or a combination of drugs and alcohol.  Operating a motor vehicle includes actually driving or being in actual physical control of the vehicle.  Colorado law will presume you are substantially impaired if your blood alcohol content is greater than .08.  Driving under the influence is an unclassified misdemeanor, and it is defined at C.R.S. 42-4-1301.

OTHER TYPES OF ALCOHOL CHARGES IN COLORADO

DWAI - Driving While Ability Impaired

Driving while ability is impaired (DWAI) is the operation of a motor vehicle while your ability to drive is impaired, even to the slightest degree, by drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both.  The law permits a jury to presume a defendant is impaired if their blood alcohol content is greater than .05. The Lawrence Law Firm provides aggressive representation to defendants facing charges of DUI or DWAI.

DUI With Prior Convictions

When you’re charged with a DUI or DWAI in Colorado, the court will look at your record to determine if you have any prior convictions for alcohol-related driving offenses on your records.  A prior offense can be any previous alcohol related driving offense from any state committed at any time in your life. If you have priors, the court is required to impose a mandatory jail sentence.  

The mandatory jail sentence depends on the number of your priors.  Additionally, a fourth DUI is upgraded to a felony charge in Colorado.  A DUI with prior alcohol-related driving offenses require a skilled DUI attorney to ensure the best possible outcome.  You can read more about the penalties and mandatory sentences in our section dealing with DUI Punishment.  For information concerning possible punishment for other criminal offense, please see our Criminal Defense section.

DUI With Prior Convictions

In Colorado, a defendant charged with a DUI will also have a secondary case concerning their driver’s license. This case is handled through the DMV. The Department of Motor Vehicles will revoke your license if you provide a blood or breath test within 2 hours of driving that is above a .08. You can challenge the revocation, but you only have seven days to request a hearing on the revocation. For mor information concerning the DMV process please see our DMV After a DUI section. If you have any other questions, contact our DUI Attorney today.

Driving Privileges - DMV After a DUI

In Colorado, a defendant charged with a DUI will also have a secondary case concerning their driver’s license. This case is handled through the DMV. The Department of Motor Vehicles will revoke your license if you provide a blood or breath test within 2 hours of driving that is above a .08. You can challenge the revocation, but you only have seven days to request a hearing on the revocation. For mor information concerning the DMV process please see our DMV After a DUI section. If you have any other questions, contact our DUI Attorney for a free consultation.

DUID - Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

DUID is driving under the influence of drugs. There is not a separate criminal statute dealing with driving under the influence of drugs, and the charge falls under the regular DUI statute. A Defendant charged with DUID can be under the influence of marijuana, legally prescribed medications, or illegal narcotics.  Prosecutors will typically look to see if there are any medications in your system.

A skilled DUI attorney is need for a DUID case.  You will need to look at the drug involved and determining if it would impair a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.  This requires a lot of research and potentially the use of a toxicologist.

DUI Involving Accidents

Driving under the influence can impair a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, and they can lead to accidents.  These types of cases are always aggravated, and the prosecutor will treat them differently than a traffic stop DUI.  In some cases, a DUI can be filed as a felony vehicular assault if there are serious bodily injuries from the accident. For more information, please see our Vehicular Assault Section.

Speak With A Qualified DUI Attorney Today

No two DUI cases are the same, and each case and each defendant requires a DUI attorney to tailor a defense to their case and goals. If you are charged with a DUI or DWAI offense is Aurora or the Denver Metro Area, request a consultation today.  We are open during regular business hours, and we will stay late and be available on the weekends if necessary.  Schedule a free consultation with a DUI Defense attorney from the Lawrence Law Firm.  We are ready, willing, and able to represent you.  

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