“Driving under the influence” means driving a motor vehicle or vehicle when a person has consumed alcohol or one or more drugs, or a combination of alcohol and one or more drugs, that affects the person to a degree that the person is substantially incapable, either mentally or physically, or both mentally and physically, to exercise clear judgment, sufficient physical control, or due care in the safe operation of a vehicle.”
The state of Colorado does not deal lightly with cases of DUI, even first time offenses. Penalties for DUIs include jail time, fines, points on your driving record, license suspension, and community service. And that only gets more severe if you were involved in the serious injury or death of someone else.
The elements of the crime of driving under the influence are:
A DUI charge can severely affect your life. Chris Ponce wants to help. He can analyze the case for mistakes and flaws and fight to get you a lighter conviction. Taking action within the first 7 days of being charged is critical. Call Chris Ponce today.
You reason, “I only had a little bit.”, or “My buzz and/or high has mostly worn off by now, I’m probably safe to drive now.” But you may want to think twice about reaching for those keys because in the state of Colorado, even being impaired in the slightest degree by drugs or alcohol can result in a DWAI. If it turns out that your BAC is below 0.08% but still above 0.05%, you could be in serious trouble.
The elements of the crime driving while ability impaired are:
Penalties for a DWAI can vary between first and multiple offenses, but they all include jail time, fines, community service, and points on your driving record. If you’re facing a DWAI charge, call Chris Ponce.