Colorado law enforcement takes driving under the influence, or DUI, seriously. A conviction on a DUI charge can result in a permanent criminal record. That is a consequence that can negatively affect your future career opportunities, and potential military and educational options.
If the police arrested you on a DUI charge, you need to fully understand the ramifications this charge and how you should best proceed in terms of defense. The first thing you may be asking yourself is whether you need a lawyer. Here is some information that can help you make that decision.
Blood alcohol limits
Potential penalties for a DUI conviction depend on several factors. The specific circumstances surrounding your arrest determine the severity of those penalties. For example, police and the courts will look at the blood alcohol level found at the time of your arrest. Colorado has two types of impaired driving limits: 0.05 is the limit for driving while ability-impaired, or DWAI, while 0.08 is the limit for driving under the influence. The higher your blood alcohol content, or BAC, at the time of your arrest, the more severe the potential consequences can be. If you are facing severe consequences, you should contact an attorney to defend you in the criminal justice system.
Prior DUI arrests
Another factor to consider is how many, if any, prior DUI arrests are already on your record. In Colorado, the law mandates jail time once a person has received two DUI arrests in a span of five years. Clearly, the consequences of having a DUI on your record become even more severe when you add a second DUI or more. In a case where you have a previous DUI arrest and/or conviction and police arrest you again on DUI charges, you should consult with a qualified attorney who handles DUI cases. A lawyer can help you better understand the potential consequences you may face, as well as help you craft an effective defense strategy.
You should keep in mind this important fact: every DUI case has one or more possible defenses. And a significant number of DUI arrests result in something other than a conviction. Having an experienced DUI defense lawyer on your side may enable you to avoid the worst consequences of a drunk driving arrest.