Arrested for Drunk Driving?
An arrest for drunk driving can be both embarrassing and expensive. For many people who are charged with DUI, DWAI or UDD, it is the first time they have been involved in the criminal justice system. You may be tempted to plead guilty just to get the experience over as soon as possible. However, the consequences of pleading guilty in Colorado can be very serious.
At The Pearman Law Firm, our lawyers will be happy to discuss your DUI/DWAI/UDD case over the phone — at no charge. We'll explain the possible consequences you face, as well as defenses that may be available to you.
It's important to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible after you have been charged. An arrest for drunk driving triggers an automatic suspension of your driver's license by the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles. You only have seven days to request a hearing to challenge the suspension.
What Is the Difference Between DUI, DWAI and UDD?
Colorado has a very low tolerance for drinking and driving. You can be charged with an alcohol-related offense even if your blood alcohol level is below the legal limit. In other states:
- DUI is driving under the influence, when your blood alcohol content is above the legal limit of .08 or you are "substantially incapable" of operating a motor vehicle.
- DWAI is driving while ability impaired, when your blood alcohol limit is from .05 to .79 or you are "less able" to operate a motor vehicle than you normally would.
- If you are under age 21, you can be charged with UDD (underage drinking and driving) if your blood alcohol level is between .02 and .049.
- If you have a commercial driver's license, the above limits may not apply.
Is There a Defense to Drunk Driving Charges?
Even if you tested over the limit for DUI, DWAI or UDD charges, our lawyers may be able to find a defense. For example, if the police officer did not have a legal reason to pull you over, we can challenge the stop. If the stop was illegal, all evidence gathered after the stop can be suppressed. Our lawyers can challenge the breathalyzer test results in certain circumstances.
For More Information About DUI Defense
To talk to our Lakewood DUI defense attorneys, call 720-259-9528 for a free initial phone consultation.