- Boulder-Denver-Greeley-Ft. Collins, I-70 & I-25 Corridors and Beyond
- Jim Forslund: When you've been arrested
for a DUI and you don't think it's fair, you need a lawyer who can protect your
rights...make sure you're treated fairly...and who knows how to get results.
- Colorado Springs
- Colorado Criminal Defense:
When charged with a DUI offense in Colorado, your blood alcohol content (BAC) would have to have measured .08% or greater in order to warrant an arrest. This can be a frightening experience, especially if you don’t believe you were drunk or were over the limit. Should you fight your charges? Absolutely! Too often individuals charged with DUI will plead guilty and accept the penalties. While it certainly is not enjoyable to have to take legal action to defend yourself, the result of a DUI conviction can leave lasting effects on your future. By retaining a Colorado Springs DUI attorney, your chances of keeping your license and avoiding a conviction can be increased greatly.
- Moran, Mike:
Vital information to know if charged with Driving While Intoxicated or Driving While Ability Impaired in Colorado:
The Colorado division of law enforcement defines drunk driving offenses as either:
1.) Driving Under the Influence (DUI), meaning .08% or higher BAC (Blood Alcohol Content).
2.) Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI), meaning .05% BAC or higher (but less than .08% BAC).
Frequently Asked Questions After A DUI Arrest in Colorado:
• Is it a requirement to hire a Colorado Springs DUI lawyer specialized in DUI/DMV defense?
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- Phillip Snyder:
If you have been arrested for an alcohol or substance related driving offense,
you could face stiff penalties if convicted--including jail time and a monetary
fine. Hiring a lawyer to review the details of the arrest, the evidence
against you, and the mitigating circumstances is an essential ingredient in
assuring yourself that the judicial system is treating you fairly.
- Grand Junction
- Peters, Andrew:
“DUI” stands for Driving under the Influence and occurs when someone is operating, or is in actual physical control, of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substance, to the extent that their mental faculties are impaired and/or their Blood Alcohol Content is above the legal limit. Even for a first offense, penalties can include license suspension, substantial fines, community service, mandatory attendance at a state or DMV approved alcohol program, mandatory overnight incarceration and the required installation (at the offender’s expense) of a car ignition locking device. In addition, a DUI conviction stays on a DMV record for at least 7 years; it typically results in higher insurance premiums, and an offender may become ineligible for credit. Plus, a DUI could also jeopardize your employment opportunities.
However, if someone was injured as a result of the drunken driving accident, it is possible the defendant will be charged with a felony (and if the victim dies, the driver may be charged with vehicular manslaughter). Further, a DUI conviction will likely be raised to a felony if it is the driver's fourth DUI offense or the driver has had a prior felony DUI offense within 10 years of the new charge. A DUI/DWI charge can have serious implications on your life.
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- Robin Auld:
DUI? Who Says You Have To Lose Your License and Your Freedom?
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Are you suspected of, or charged with a crime? If your answer is yes, you need a clear understanding that the deck is stacked against you and that you need the assistance of a veteran trial attorney. Law enforcement and prosecutors are on the same team – a team with virtually unlimited resources and manpower -- whose mission is to convict you and deprive you of your freedom. By the time a citizen is charged with a criminal offense, a team of experienced law enforcement investigators and prosecutors have already investigated your case, taken witness statements, collected physical evidence, and in many cases obtained a confession. With the stroke of a pen, you the citizen are now transformed into a criminal defendant. Delay in hiring experienced counsel could ultimately have adverse effects on your attorney’s ability building a strong defense on your behalf. This delay may also force you into pleading guilty to the first “offer” that comes your way. The decision to plea guilty or fight your case at trial should be made only after you have had sufficient time to discuss all aspects of your case with your attorney.
- Phillips, Asa:
If you are charged with Driving Under the Influence in Tennessee you need to hire an attorney who will fight for you and your future. If you have been charged with DUI or a related offense call 901-620-6940. Important - DUI guilty pleas/convictions CANNOT be expunged – have your case evaluated before you plead!
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- Blackmore, Dana:
- Konikow, Sam:
Drunk Driving 1st, 2nd, 3rd Offense
OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) First Offense was
at one time considered a minor and usually an
isolated event. Before I started to practice
law in 1978 these 1st offense cases were often plea
bargained totally out of the realm of drinking offenses.
Plea offers to Reckless Driving and even to the civil
infraction of Careless Driving were not uncommon.
Wholesale changes in the Drunk Driving laws,
which occurred in 1983, 1992, 1999 have obliterated these
laxaties. The drunk driving laws today are so restrictive and
harsh, the Driver's Responsibility law so expensive that the
hiring of counsel for representation in these cases is
OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) Second Offense is
so severe a crime that if a person
is convicted of it he/she will automatically lose their
driver's license for one calendar year
( no restricted license available ).
OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) THIRD Offense
is a five ( 5 ) year FELONY !
Because it is a driving offense and because law
enforcement looks back over a lifetime of your driving
record, this felony is inexpungible.
- Simmons, Kathryn:
A first-time offender convicted of drunk driving faces:
* Up to 93 days in jail.
* Up to a $500 fine.
* Up to 360 hours of community service plus court costs.
* Up to 6 points on a driver's license.
* Up to 180 days suspended license with a restricted license possible after 30 days.
Convicted drunk drivers will also be subject to a $1,000 penalty that is included in the driver responsibility program. The $1,000 penalty will be imposed for two consecutive years. Drivers may still be arrested and charged with impaired driving. However, the law no longer has a blood alcohol content associated with impairment. Those convicted of impaired driving face a $500 penalty assessed for two consecutive years.
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- Waddill & Skinner:
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- Wilson Law Group:
The police questioned and then arrested me without reading me a Miranda warning. Can they do this?
Police officers do not have to inform persons of their right to remain silent if the person is not currently in their custody. Whether a person is in their custody in the eyes of the law turns on whether a reasonable person under similar circumstances would feel free leave. Consequently, if a police officer approaches you on the street and asks you questions, he or she does not have to read you your Miranda rights unless it appears that the police officer restricted your ability to walk away. Also, preliminary investigative questioning may not trigger the need for a Miranda warning, even though you really were not free to leave. In other words, if an officer stops you for speeding and asks you whether you had been drinking, no Miranda warning would be required because the courts have determined that a person in such a situation is not in custody. Even if the police violated your Miranda rights, the remedy for the violation is a finding that your statements cannot be used against you. It does not mean that the state cannot prosecute the case. Thus, the state will go forward with the case if the prosecutors believe that the state has enough evidence to obtain a conviction regardless of the admissibility of the statements.
- Ed Ryan:
Was there a legal reason to stop and investigate you?
Were the field sobriety test done correctly and within NTSA standards?
Can you continue to drive even if you did not take the Breath/Blood test?
If you lose your license can you still drive to work?
Are there any witnesses or a video?
What are the strength and weaknesses of your case?
Can you avoid a criminal record?
TRAFFIC STOP TIPS
- BE Polite-BE QUIET
- Show license & Insurance
- Ask “Am I free to go?”
- If so – leave. If not- BE QUIET
- Sign ticket and property receipt ONLY
- If you consent to a breath/blood test, IMMEDIATELY request a second independent test (that is your right)
- Admit to drinking!
- Perform ANY field sobriety test, including the eye test (these are NOT required by law)
- Talk or make excuses
WHAT YOUR LAWYER NEEDS TO KNOW TO HELP YOU
Medical conditions, prior injuries, dental problems: all of life’s
wear-and tear can be important information for your lawyer to know
about to be able to help you effectively. If a potential DUI defense
lawyer you are interviewing does not use a questionnaire to elicit all
of your medical history, or ask probing questions about your physical
condition, you may want to consider a change in counsel.
Certain medical and dental conditions
make a subject unsuitable for breath testing. Breath testing machines
are supposed to be reading alcohol molecules that come from deep lung
air, as this is supposed to approximate the alcohol level of the blood.
Unfortunately, the machine isn’t smart enough to know whether the
molecules it is reading are coming from the deep lung air, or have been
trapped in the mouth, or brought up from the stomach due to a belch or
esophageal reflux episode. Dentures, bridges, and other dental work can
frequently trap alcohol in the mouth, especially when eating and
drinking are occurring together, as is so common in social situations.
Other medical conditions are important
for attacking supposedly poor performances on field sobriety tests.
These balance and coordination exercises, in which officers attempt to
judge someone’s natural abilities by asking them to do unnatural
maneuvers can be greatly impacted by prior injuries or conditions.
Being flat-footed, having torn cartilage, or any number of physical
ailments can impact a person’s ability to perform these unnatural
Whether or not you are currently under a
doctor’s care, anyone who stands accused of DUI would be well-served to
list all prior injuries, significant illnesses, accidents, or medical
conditions for their lawyer to consider. While no one enjoys enduring
life’s sometimes hard knocks, all of us experience them, and these
conditions, sometimes hold the key to hearing the two sweetest words in
the English language: “Not Guilty.”
POTENTIAL SOURCES OF ERROR IN BREATH TESTING
- Calibration of the breath machine being off
- Alcohol being trapped in the mouth
- Belching or burping within 20 minutes of being tested
- Medical conditions making defendant an improper subject for breath testing
- GERD: Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disorder
- Official testing protocols not being observed
- Breath test operator not being properly trained, Elevated body temperature
- Fundamental assumptions inapplicable: machine is based on “averages” that may or may not apply
testing during the “absorptive phase” significantly over-estimates true
blood alcohol level (and the absorptive phase can last for hours after
- Did you blow into the machine more than once? Did the officer re-set the machine or change the mouth piece
DUI FACT’S YOU PROBABLY DID NOT KNOW
- That body temperature can affect the breath test results.
- That field sobriety tests are optional. If you took them, it’s only because you submitted.
- That blood samples can ferment, and create artificially high alcohol reading.
- That a DUI conviction will cost you more than $10,000.00 over the next three years.
- The court could order you to have ignition interlock device installed in your car.
- There are alternatives to some or part of a jail sentence with electronic monitoring and community service.
- That if you hire a lawyer, in some cases the lawyer can appear in court for you while you go about your normal everyday life.
- Each shot of liquor, glass of wine, or mug of beer raises your BAC and average of .02%.
- If you have a license from another state it will be up to that state to suspend your license.
you refuse to take a blood or breath test after you’ve been arrested
the court could still suspend your license if found not guilty of the
- You will be required to file SR-22 insurance if
you get convicted of a DUI or violation of implied consent and get a
- There are different levels of DUI School depending on the assessment, and what offense DUI it is.
- That only a DUI conviction mandates a loss of license and alcohol school and lesser charge that is negotiable.
- Not all DUI arrest result in DUI convictions, many settlement alternatives are available.
- You have a right to a jury trial in a DUI case.
be convicted at trial, all 12 jurors must be convinced in your guilt
beyond a reasonable doubt. If even one juror votes in your favor, you
cannot be convicted.
- According to breath machine manufacturer, there is a margin of error in breath testing equipment.
arresting officer is required to continuously observe the subject for
the twenty minutes immediately before the breath test, to make sure the
subject doesn’t burp, or place anything in there mouth.
- The legal limit used to be .15 before it was dropped to .10, and then reduced again to .08?
car rental companies won’t rent to someone with a pending DUI case or
with a restricted license. Your best bet is with a small “mom and pop”
car rental company, and not the big national brands.
- That a tongue piercing can cause an inaccurate breath test reading by trapping alcohol in the mouth.
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- Costa Rica
- Brenes Law:
Criminal law, also known as penal law, involves prosecution by the government of a person for an act that has been classified as a crime. Freedom has its limits and the most absolute is criminal law. A "crime" is any act or omission (of an act) in violation of a public law forbidding or commanding it, punishable with loss of personal freedom. Among the areas of crime that fall under the Costa Rican criminal law statutes: White Collar Crime; Bribery; Counterfeiting / Forgery; Embezzlement; Fraud; Insurance Fraud; Government Fraud; Murder / Homicide; Restrictive Business Practices; Tax Evasion; Violent Crime; Theft / Property Crime; Drug Crime; and starting December 2008, DUI (driving under the influence). Plea bargaining, evidence, trials, sentencing, appeals, and arrest, search and seizure law demand attention vis-a-vis the clients' Constitutional rights.
- Christian Vinaa:
- Eskander, Michael:
• Murder and manslaughter
• Agg. Asslt. (Aggravated Assault)
• Agg. Asslt. Dang. (Aggravated Assault, Dangerous Felony)
• Sexual offences, including rape
• Firearms offences
• Drugs offences
• Reckless driving and other driving offences, including DUIs
• And those issued with a Court Summons.
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- Nyman Gibson Stewart: (Ask) whether the blood alcohol concentration reading was accurate, whether time limits were observed, whether your case could be defended or the seriousness reduced for example from high range to mid range or mid range to low range, and discuss the consequences of being a disqualified driver, suspended driver or cancelled driver. What is Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol? Prescribed Concrentation of Alcohol simply means the amount of alcohol measured in grammes per 100mL of blood. High Range Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol (HRPCA) means a concentration of 0.15 grammes or more of alcohol in 100mL of blood. This would mean that if you had an unrestricted licence, you would be at least 3 times over the legal limit of 0.05. What are the penalties for HRPCA? The penalties for HRPCA are as follows: Maximum Fine: $3,300.00 Maximum Term of Imprisonment: 18 months Automatic Disqualification Period: 3 years Minimum Disqualification Period: 12 months Can a Disqualification Period be Avoided? If you plead guilty to HRPCA, a disqualification period can be avoided only if the Court makes an order under section 10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999. This means that the Court has found you guilty of the offence without recording a conviction. The Guideline Judgement - How Does it Relate to You? On 8 September 2004 the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal (NSWCCA) handed down a guideline judgement for the offence of "Driving with a HRPCA". The NSWCCA stated that an 'ordinary case' is one where: 1. You drove to avoid personal inconvenience or because the offender did not believe that he or she was sufficiently affected by alcohol; 2. You were detected by random breath test; 3. You have prior good character; 4. You have nil, or a minor, traffic record; 5. Your licence was suspended on detection; 6. You pleaded guilty; 7. There is little or no risk of re-offending; or 8. You would be significantly inconvenienced by loss of licence. The 'ordinary case' is now used by sentencing Courts as a template in determining whether your matter is similar or more or less serious. Prior to the guideline judgment most lawyers would have agreed that an 'ordinary case' was a very good case. The NSWCCA went on to state, that in an 'ordinary case', an order under section 10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act will rarely be appropriate. A conviction cannot be avoided only because the offender has attended or will attend a driver's education or awareness course. Further, the automatic disqualification period (3 years) will be appropriate unless there is good reason to reduce the period of disqualification. Good reasons may include the following: 1. The nature of your employment; 2. The absence of any viable alternative transport; or 3. Sickness or infirmity of you or another person. Obviously, the NSWCCA has stated that the penalties will be more severe for a person who commits a second or subsequent HRPCA offence (second offence within 5 years). A section 10 for a second or subsequent HRPCA 'would very rarely be appropriate'. In fact the Court stated that where the prior offence was a HRPCA any sentence of less severity than Community Service Order would generally be inappropriate. Your moral culpability is increased if any of the following factors are present: 1. The degree of intoxication above 0.15; 2. Erractic or aggressive driving; 3. A collision between your vehicle and any other object; 4. Competitive driving and showing off; 5. The length of the journey at which others are exposed to risk; and 6. The number of persons actually put at risk by the driving. Where a number of these factors are present to a significant degree, a sentence of less severity than imprisonment of some kind including a suspended sentence, would generally be inappropriate. Where a number of these factors are present to a significant degree for a second or subsequent HRPCA offence a sentence of any less severity than full-time imprisonment would generally be inappropriate. It is the writer's experience that most sentencing Courts have now adopted the principles for HRPCA and applying them to the offences of Novice Range PCA through to Mid Range PCA. Although the NSWCCA has stated that a driver's education course is not a reason to make an order under section 10, it can be used as a reason for the sentencing Court to reduce the disqualification period or fine. The judgement fails to make the distinction between the experienced driver who has been driving for 30 years with nil record and the driver who has been driving for 1 year with nil record. The guideline judgement may be making the sentencing Courts hand out harsher penalties but time will only tell whether or not it will decrease the rate of drink driving on our roads.
- Larisa Somfalean:
awyers possess the keys to justice under a rule of law -- the keys that open the courtroom door. Those keys are not held for lawyers' own private purposes; they are held in trust for those who would seek justice, rich and poor alike. Ensuring that there is, indeed, "equal justice under law" - not just for the wealthy, but for the poor, the disadvantaged, and the disenfranchised - is the law, sustenance that brings meaning and joy to a lawyer's professional life.
- O'Donnell, Liam:
* Dangerous driving.
* Drink driving.
* Driving whilst disqualified.
* Careless driving.
* Driving whilst using a mobile phone.
* Failure to provide a specimen.
* Drunk in charge of a motor vehicle.
* Other road traffic contraventions involving red lights, one way streets, pelican crossings, etc.
- Raffles Law:
When a driver is charged under section 67 or 68, evidence that he had at the
material time a blood alcohol concentration in excess of 80mg of alcohol in
100ml of blood creates a presumption that he was incapable of having proper
control of the vehicle. The onus then falls on the accused to rebut the
presumption. He may not do so, however, by showing that he has a great capacity
for alcohol, since the specific limit set in section 70 is plainly intended to
preclude the individual accused from introducing medical evidence as to his
personal tolerance for drink.
- Celja-Pelko, Rok:
- Civil law
- Comercial law
- Criminal law
- Ivan Ravbar:
- New Zealand
- Hawke's Bay-Bannister and von
The police officer who is dealing with you in these situations can take two
approaches. The officer can make it easy for you or he/she can make it hard for
you. Invariably, if you, as a potential offender, are arrogant, obnoxious or
abusive, you will be dealt with differently than a person who is polite and
cordial. After all, it is the police who decide whether or not to release you
that evening. In many cases, the police will give a non-demanding offender a
lift home. Those who are offensive will, at the worst, find themselves locked
up in the cells to "sober up" or, at best, find themselves walking home.