By Hampton & Pigott
Posted on 2-28-2022
The details of a DUI conviction will vary from state to state. If you, a friend, or family member are facing the threat of a DUI conviction in Colorado, you are no doubt anxious about what you are up against. Allow us to answer some of the most commonly asked questions regarding DUIs in Colorado.
Under the influence of alcohol or drugs, there are two convictions you can get; a DUI or a DWAI. For a DUI, your blood alcohol level cannot be over .08, whereas anything around .05 BAC will land you with a DWAI. If you are under the age of 21, your BAC limit is .02.
After you have been pulled over and are suspected of being under the influence, your first thoughts likely race to the potential consequences you are facing. What will happen if you are convicted? How will it affect your life? Consequences you may face can include the revoking of your license, expensive fines and fees, community service, and jail time.
Reasonable suspicion means that a police officer must have a reason to believe that you are under the influence of a substance. An officer may suspect this because you are driving with inconsistent speeds, you are weaving in and out of traffic lanes, or you may be failing to brake at intersections. If you did not actually break a traffic law, the officer may not have had a reasonable reason to suspect you of being under the influence and therefore should not have pulled you over.
If you were under the influence at the time when you were pulled over, you may wonder how an attorney can help you and what defenses they might focus on. Can they help or should you just accept whatever fate the court gives you? Of course they can help! Possible defenses could include exposing Miranda rights that were not properly explained and afforded you, faulty blood alcohol tests, and challenging field sobriety tests.
Whatever the circumstances surrounding your DUI case, our skilled attorneys can help you. Don’t wait. As soon as you are pulled over, time is running out to keep your license. Call Chris Ponce ASAP.