Colorado Drunk Driving Lawyer — DUI/DWAI
Don’t Let A Denver, Colorado Driving Under The Influence (DUI)/Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) Ruin Your Life.
Aside from the obvious consequences such as fines, imprisonment and loss of your driving privileges, there are other consequences that may follow a Driving under the influence /Driving while ability impaired conviction. Employers are permitted to discriminate against those with criminal records, and you may lose your job or find increased difficulty obtaining future employment. If you drive a commercial vehicle for a living, you may be required to surrender your license. Insurance rates may skyrocket or you may not be able to get insured at all. In this era of easy criminal background information access, you may also be restricted from traveling to foreign countries, even Canada. If children were in your car, the police will probably also charge you with Child Abuse or reckless endangerment. There are plenty of good reasons for mounting an aggressive defense against DUI/DWAI charges in Colorado. Read our Common DUI/DWAI questions page.
Being Accused Of An Arapahoe County DUI Or DWAI Does Not Mean You Are Guilty.
Whether you are stopped by the Colorado State Patrol, an Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Deputy, police officer or any one of the dozens of law enforcement agencies in Colorado, you have the choice to hire a lawyer and mount an aggressive defense to prevent any of the harmful consequences listed above. Never speak to the police – wait for your lawyer to advise you. At O'Malley and Sawyer, LLC, we will draw upon years of experience and hundreds of successfully fought DUI/DWAI cases to win your case. DUI.
What Is A PBT Or Portable Breath Test?
After a traffic stop, you have the choice whether or not to submit to roadside maneuvers or a portable breath test. The PBT is a hand-held testing device which is used to support an arrest. Even though law enforcement may not tell you, both the PBT and the roadsides are voluntary. You have the choice whether or not to submit to a field sobriety test or a breathalyzer test. It is generally not in your best interest to submit to these tests in the field. You must, however, take the test at the hospital or police station or you will face mandatory loss of your license for the refusal.
Expressed Consent For A DUI Test In Douglas County
If you have a Colorado driver’s license, you already gave your “expressed consent” for the police to administer an approved blood alcohol test in order to determine your blood alcohol concentration or content (BAC), following the officer’s decision to arrest you. At this point, you are required to take one of two tests: the breath test or the blood test. If you refuse, you will automatically lose your license for at least one year.
Felony DUI And Misdemeanor Penalties In Jefferson County
Colorado now has a felony DUI law which kicks in when a driver has three prior alcohol driving convictions for DUI or DWAI and they are charged with #4. The possible sentence for a misdemeanor DUI or DWAI conviction is up to 1 year in the Jefferson County Jail. For a felony DUI, the punishment is up to six years in the Colorado Department of Corrections prison system. Learn more about Colorado’s Felony DUI law.
Defending your DUI/DWAI involves analyzing several factors that come into play, such as the legality of the traffic stop, your responses and the results of any field sobriety tests, or the accuracy of the breathalyzer or blood test and the BAC reading itself. The attorneys at O'Malley and Sawyer, LLC, will fight for you every step of the way by:
- Challenging the legality of your traffic stop
- Suppressing evidence
- Defending you at your administrative hearing to keep your driving privileges
- Challenging the breathalyzer results
- Interacting with DMV officials and court personnel
- Referring you to alcohol classes and treatment centers, if appropriate
We Practice DUI Criminal Defense Full Time. Act Now To Protect Your Driving Privileges
Contact or email O'Malley and Sawyer, LLC, to schedule a free consultation with a full-time Denver area criminal defense attorney. Together, we can protect your future.