According to the Colorado Department of Transportation (DOT), more than 26,000 people are arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. It is important for those who are accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) to keep in mind that an arrest does not necessarily lead to a conviction, and there are often many legal defenses that may be available in a particular case. Consequently, anyone accused of DUI should be certain to discuss their options with an experienced Denver DUI defense lawyer. At the Tiftickjian Law Firm, we are dedicated to defending the legal rights of people who are accused of drunk driving. Below are some answers to questions we frequently are asked by individuals who seek out our services for DUI defense representation.
What are the potential penalties associated with a Colorado DUI?
The potential legal consequences of a Colorado DUI include probation, significant fines, mandatory drug and alcohol counseling, the installation of an ignition interlock device, the loss of your driving privileges, and others. The exact penalties imposed by a court will depend on a variety of factors, including your level of intoxication and whether there were any aggravating factors.
Do I need an attorney to represent me for a first-time DUI?
There is no law requiring DUI defendants to retain legal counsel, but it is highly advisable to do so. There are various laws and regulations that can affect a DUI case, including Colorado statutes, the United States Constitution, case law, and administrative regulation. As a result, the assistance of a trained attorney can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case.
What are the potential defenses available in a Colorado DUI case?
There are many defenses that could potentially be available in a Colorado DUI case. Some of the most common include the following:
- Challenging the justification for the initial traffic stop
- Calling into question the results of any chemical testing that was administering
- Suppressing evidence based on Fourth Amendment violations
- Introducing evidence that tends to show that any observed signs of intoxication was based on an alternative explanation
Of course, the exact defense or defenses available in your case will depend on the specific circumstances surrounding your arrest. An experienced lawyer will conduct a thorough review of records regarding your arrest as well as the evidence the state has against you and determine what defenses may be available.
Contact a Denver DUI defense attorney to schedule a free case evaluation
In many cases, the representation of an experienced DUI defense lawyer can significantly improve the ultimate outcome of a Colorado DUI case. Even in cases where the state has strong evidence indicating intoxication, an attorney can often negotiate a plea arrangement with the prosecutor handling your case with significantly more favorable terms than you would receive by simply pleading guilty without an attorney. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, please call the Tiftickjian Law Firm today at (303) DUI-5280 or send us an email through our online contact form available here.