Make Sure You’re Ready For Trial

Colorado Springs DUI lawyer James Newby describes a successful DUI defense case in Colorado Springs that highlights the importance of good preparation.

Are You Ready For Trial?

A recent DUI case demonstrates the reason to have an experienced DUI attorney by your side during the Court process in Colorado. My client and his friend were driving his truck off-road in a field.  A part of the truck broke rendering it impossible to move another inch. My client got out of his vehicle and surveyed the damaged. Clearly, he was not going anywhere. He walked home to his friend’s house where the two of them drank for several hours. Finally, the friend's brother came home and offered to give both of them a ride back to the scene to find out if they could tow his truck home.

Arrested For DUI

While at the scene, the police arrived and arrested my client for driving under the influence because he was sitting in the driver’s seat when they arrived.  In order to be convicted of a DUI in Colorado, it must be proved that the vehicle that a person was going to operate was capable of movement. Although my client was intoxicated when the police arrived, he had not been intoxicated at the time he was driving the vehicle.

Video Evidence

I had my client take video of the vehicle as he attempted to repair it, as well as keeping the damaged parts. Armed with pictures, video, parts, and witnesses, we went to court to attempt to get the case thrown out. To the Colorado Springs Deputy District Attorney’s credit, when it became clear that my client was telling the truth, the case was dismissed. Without careful planning and research, the result may have been different.

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102 S. Tejon Street, Suite 1100
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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