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Aurora SWAT Officer Accused of DUI

| Sep 27, 2011 | DUI / DWAI |

An officer with the Arvada Police Department’s SWAT unit was arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Arapahoe County, according to 850 KOA. The officer’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is not known. In Colorado, your first DUI conviction is usually a misdemeanor offense that can have jail time, fines, and community service as possible punishments.

DUI stops and arrests have become very common in the Denver Metro and throughout our state. Everyday it seems that we hear about police officers, sports figures, celebrities and politicians being pulled over and arrested for DUIs. While the news coverage of these crimes may be common, the legal process surrounding the arrest is not.

There are several specific steps that the police must follow to accurately and legally determine and record information about your level of intoxication. Most drivers are familiar with roadside maneuvers that are preformed by police; things like standing on one leg, touching your nose, and walking in a straight line. But many drivers do not have a clue about the Colorado Implied Consent law. This law states that as a driver on public Colorado roads, you give your consent for the police to test your BAC level by blood or by breath. In this case, the SWAT officer, like all of us, previously gave his consent to be tested by driving in Aurora, Colorado. The police only need to have probable cause to believe that you have been drinking and driving. If, as a driver of a motor vehicle, you refuse to take the test, the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles has the ability to take your license away for one year. If you are pulled over for a DUI, it is usually best to be cooperative with the process, but also be silent about the situation and facts. Don’t answer questions the police pose to you.

One DUI charge can dramatically affect a person’s life. For instance, if you are convicted of a DUI or a Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI), you will start to see changes in your life. The changes may begin by spending sometime in jail and paying high fines. You might even have to do community service. Your insurance rates could shoot higher or you may not be able obtain certain employment opportunities because of your driving record. The best thing that you can do is to hire a criminal defense attorney who has handled many alcohol driving cases before. An attorney can help you avoid a conviction or at the very least, reduce penalties associated with the conviction.

DUI’s in Aurora, Castle Rock, Denver, and all other Colorado locations are unique. We will take a personal interest in your case and fight for you. If you or a loved one has been contacted by the police because of a DUI / DWAI related offence, contact O’Malley Law Office P.C. We’re prepared to defend you with over 40 years of combined experience. So, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call us today at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.