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You Will Need a Skilled DUI Attorney to Assist You in Colorado
Driving under the influence may seem like an easy case, but they are often very complicated. 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. This is especially true if you have prior DUI offenses.
A DUI case can come with high fines, jail time, loss of driving privileges, and more. Contact our DUI Defense attorney if you have been charged with an alcohol related driving offense.
The DUI Lawyer at the Lawrence Law Firm is ready to help. Our DUI defense lawyer is located in Aurora. He 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.
What is the Legal Meaning of DUI in Colorado?
Driving under the influence is the operation of a motor vehicle while your ability to drive is impaired. A driver has to be substantially impaired. This can be from 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. Colorado law specifically defines DUI in the Colorado Revised Statutes defining Driving Under the Influence.
There is no mental state associated with a DUI charge. A criminal case of DUI does not permit any affirmative defense. It is always important consider hiring a dui lawyer to fully understand your options.
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. Colorado law says the impairment has to be to the slightest degree.
The impairment can be caused 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
If you are charged with a DUI in Colorado, the court will determine if you have prior convictions. Prior conviction includes any alcohol related driving offenses. 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 Offense Punishment. For information concerning possible punishment for other criminal offense, please see our Criminal Defense section.
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. This case is based off the result of any breathalyzer test or blood tests.
The Department of Motor Vehicles will revoke your license if you provide a blood or breath test. The test result must be above a .08 within 2 hours of driving.
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.
If a license is revoked, it is possible to get early reinstatement. This process would require the defendant to get a ignition interlock device and special insurance. A defendant may also be required to be enrolled in level 2 alcohol classes. It is important to speak with an attorney skilled in license suspension and revocation to understand your options.
DUID - Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
Driving under the influence includes driving under the influence of drugs. There is not a separate criminal statute for driving under the influence of drugs. This criminal offense 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. They will need to look at the drug involved. It is important to determine if the drug would impair a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. A drug expert may be needed to conduct research and opine on the drug.
DUI Involving Accidents
Driving under the influence can impair a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. It can also lead to motor vehicle accidents. These types of cases are always aggravated, and the prosecutor will treat them differently than a traffic stop DUI.
DUI will 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
Each criminal case is different, and no two cases are alike. Each case and each defendant require a DUI attorney to tailor a defense to their case and goals. If you have been arrested for DUI or DWAI offense is Aurora or the Denver Metro Area, request a consultation today.
Our DUI has over 10 years of experience handling DUI cases. We understand the challenges a DUI conviction may place on a defendant. We have challenged several arresting officers and understand the complexities of the field sobriety tests.
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 our criminal defense attorney from the Lawrence Law Firm. We are ready, willing, and able to represent you.
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