Alcohol is legal in Colorado, but as you know, driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) in Colorado is not.
The same goes for marijuana. While recreational pot is now legal in Colorado, driving under the influence of marijuana in Colorado is not and can be charged as a DUI. An arrest and conviction for driving with pot in your system can lead to the same penalties and consequences you’d face for drunk driving.
You’ve worked hard to build a life for yourself and your family here in Colorado after immigrating to the United States. You know how challenging the immigration process is and how confusing immigration law can be. But you’ve followed the rules, obtained your coveted green card, and your future here looks bright. You may even be on the verge of becoming a U.S. citizen.
And then you get charged with DUI. Now, everything hangs in the balance.
A Colorado Springs DUI conviction can have wide-ranging and profound impacts on your immigration status, including your ability to become a naturalized citizen as well as the risk of deportation.
If you’re a non-citizen residing in or around Colorado Springs, you face all of the same consequences of a DUI conviction that US citizens do: jail time, hefty fines, loss of driving privileges and more.
There’s a lot at stake if you’ve been charged with a Colorado Springs DUI. Even for a first time DUI conviction, the consequences could include substantial time behind bars.
Your freedom is not the only thing you can lose if you’re convicted for DUI, however. You can lose your hard-earned reputation. You can lose your job and lose out on future employment opportunities. You can lose your ability to obtain loans, financial assistance, education, and housing.
You can, of course, also lose your driver’s license for an extended period of time.
But the right to drive is just one of many rights we can take for granted, and is one of the many legal rights and privileges that can be taken away from you once you have a criminal record that includes a Colorado DUI. These rights include your right to carry a firearm.
Colorado law allows individuals to apply for and obtain a permit for the concealed carry of firearms. Even though the right to concealed carry in our state is very broad, your application will likely be denied and your permit could be revoked upon more than one DUI conviction.
You blew it. You were pulled over, given a field sobriety test, and then blew above the legal limit for alcohol on a breath test administered by the officer.
You failed. You were arrested for DUI and taken to the police station where they took a blood test that confirmed the results of the breath test and showed that the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream exceeded .08.
You’re out of luck. With those test results in hand showing that you were driving while intoxicated, Colorado Springs prosecutors have all they need to convict you for DUI and there’s nothing you can do about it.
That is just not true.
If you’ve been arrested and charged with a Colorado Springs DUI, you have rights. You have defenses. You have the ability to challenge the legality of your traffic stop, the constitutionality of your arrest, the validity of the test results, and admissibility of other evidence that form the cornerstone of the prosecution’s case against you.
But it can be complicated. Challenging DUI evidence and getting DUI evidence dismissed requires a thorough knowledge of the law as well as a deep understanding of the science behind the breath, blood, and other testing used by law enforcement to prosecute DUI cases.
If you’ve been arrested and charged with a crime in Colorado Springs, you have a lot of choices to make. Do you speak with the police? What plea do you enter? Should you negotiate with the prosecutors?
Every decision is important when you are caught up in the criminal justice system. But there is one decision above all others that can make the difference between a future burdened by jail time, a criminal record, and a tarnished reputation and one in which your current ordeal is resolved in a way that allows you to move forward with your life: your choice of a criminal defense attorney.
There is no shortage of criminal defense lawyers in Colorado and the Front Range. So how do you find the Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney who is right for you? What qualities should you be looking for in a lawyer who will hold your future and your freedom in his or her hands?
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James Newby Law
102 S. Tejon Street, Suite 1100
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Hours: M-F 8:30am - 5:00pm