DUIs in Colorado automatically come with very harsh penalties including heavy fines, an interlock, and more. Not to mention that a DUI can affect parts of your life you had never considered before. Read the blogs below to understand the implications of a DUI charge and call James to help lessen or dismiss your Colorado Springs DUI charge today. Call James for a Free consultation at (719) 578-3322.
Even the most accurate scientific instruments can produce inaccurate results if they are used incorrectly, are improperly maintained, or are damaged. The breathalyzers and other breath-testing devices used by Colorado law enforcement to determine the blood alcohol content (BAC) of drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol are no different. While the results of breathalyzer tests can be the key to a drunk driving conviction, proving that those results were flawed and unreliable can be the key to an acquittal or dismissal of the charges.
You can refuse to take a breathalyzer or other blood, breath, or chemical test if you’ve been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while ability impaired (DWAI) in Colorado. You have no right to refuse a breathalyzer or other blood, breath, or chemical test if you’ve been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while ability impaired (DWAI) in Colorado.
Is that clear?
Those two seemingly contradictory sentences are both true. Let me explain.
The holidays are upon us and that means that holiday parties are upon us as well. Office parties, gatherings of families and friends, New Year’s Eve festivities – these annual events almost always have one thing in common: booze. Statistics show that the number drunk driving accidents, injuries, and deaths spike during the holiday season. Colorado law enforcement knows this; that’s why they are especially aggressive in going after drunk drivers during this most wonderful time of the year.
It will come as no surprise that driving under the influence (DUI), is the most serious criminal charge you can face for your conduct while behind the wheel in Colorado, especially if someone ends up getting hurt or killed. For many criminal charges, it is often the most prudent strategy to try to get prosecutors to reduce the charges to a lesser offense with less harsh penalties upon conviction. But can that be done with DUI charges? Can you reduce your DUI to a charge of reckless driving?
Long after fines have been paid, jail sentences served, or license suspensions ended, a Colorado Springs DUI conviction can haunt you for a long, long time. That is because your DUI arrest and conviction will become part of your criminal record. Employers, schools, lenders, insurance companies, and others will see that DUI on your record. You could lose out on or be denied opportunity after opportunity, all because of the stain on your history that shows up on your criminal record. But will that DUI be on your record forever? Is there a way to get your Colorado Springs DUI expunged or sealed?