Driving Under the Influence
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) charges can cause major problems for your employment, reputation, and driving privilege. A DUI is not “just a traffic ticket;” it is a serious charge that carries far-reaching court-related and administrative consequences. Sometimes people assume that it’s best to deal with a DUI or DWAI charge by just pleading guilty and moving on, in the same way that you would handle a speeding ticket. That is not the case at all. The expertise and advice of an attorney with with training and experience in both the courtroom and driver’s license sides of DUI representation can make all the difference when it comes to protecting your driving privilege and navigating the court process in a fully informed, empowered way.
Lots of people, including lots of lawyers, think that DUIs and DWAIs are a simple, basic type of case that anybody can handle. The reality could not be further from the truth. DUIs are highly complex, specialized cases that can only be handled competently by lawyers with experience and expertise.
Every time that a person gets a ticket for DUI or for DWAI, he or she will face consequences in two separate areas. You will be required to go to court, where consequences can range from probation, to house arrest, to jail or prison, depending on the facts of your particular case, on whether or not you have ever been charged with DUI or DWAI before, and on the jurisdiction in which your case is being prosecuted. Your court case is separate from, but will interact with, proceedings by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
We have defended hundreds of DUI and DWAI cases
We have represented clients at jury trials in many of these cases, and have successfully negotiated unusually favorable plea bargains in many others. We have successfully represented many clients in Department of Motor Vehicles proceedings. We have also represented clients in appellate proceedings up to and including the Colorado Supreme Court level.
DUI and DWAI are criminal charges. They carry consequences that can affect your freedom, your finances, and your ability to drive. You need to be proactive from the time you are charged. The most important thing that you can do to protect yourself is to retain an attorney who can help you starting at the very beginning of your case.