Complete DUI Defense

Drunk Driving Carries Serious Penalties

DUI (Driving Under the Influence) carries fines anywhere from $300 to $1,500, but the overall cost of a conviction commonly exceeds $10,000. Jail time can range from two days to 12 months, depending on various factors. In addition, you have only 15 days to request a DMV hearing to keep your license from being revoked. If you lose at the hearing, your license will be revoked immediately and you will not even be able to drive home from the hearing.

Other penalties can include:

  • Higher insurance rates
  • Misdemeanor or felony charges on your record
  • An order for a vehicle ignition interlock device
  • Alcohol education classes
  • Community service

Because the ramifications are so severe, it is wise to retain an experienced DUI defense lawyer who can vigorously advocate for you. Here at The Law Center P.C. in Highlands Ranch, we provide skilled legal counsel and representation to clients statewide.

DUI Vs. DWAI

Colorado is one of only two states where you can receive a lower-level drinking and driving offense called DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired). In Colorado, a DWAI offense adds eight points on your license and a DUI offense adds 12.

While a DWAI offense is not as damaging to your driving record as a DUI, it is still a criminal law matter and could appear on your criminal record.

Driving Under The Influence Of Drugs

Driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) is a complex issue, especially since recreational marijuana use is now legal in Colorado. While alcohol only stays in a person's system while he or she is impaired, marijuana is different. A joint smoked an hour ago can appear similar in tests to multiple joints smoked a week ago.

In addition, drug use cannot be determined by a breath test, so the prosecution must rely on a blood test instead. Even then, such tests cannot determine when drugs were last used.

Even legally administered drugs — such a prescription painkiller from a reputable physician — may impair a person's ability to operate a motor vehicle and result in a DUID charge.

Should You Accept A Plea Bargain Or Take The Case To Trial?

To find you guilty of drug related DUI or DWAI, the prosecutor's case against you must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Our lawyers know how to exploit any weaknesses in the prosecution's case and develop a strong defense.

Before taking your case to trial, we will discuss the possible trial outcomes with you so you can make an informed decision. For some clients, it is preferable to plead guilty to a downgraded charge of DWAI, reckless driving or another offense, rather than risk going to trial and being found guilty of DUI.

Never assume that you must plead guilty as charged. Our attorneys may be able to get your case dismissed or lessen the impact on your driving record and your wallet. Call The Law Center P.C. at 303-991-5280 or contact us online.