Frequently Asked Questions in Colorado DUI/DWAI Cases
- What are my Miranda Rights?
When an officer has arrested a person and starts to ask them
questions about a crime, the officer must first advise the
person of their Constitutional rights. Most often, the
advisement is this:
- You have the right to remain silent.
- Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
- You have the right to be advised by an attorney before answering any questions.
- If you desire an attorney and cannot afford one, one will be appointed for you free of charge.
- Will I be able to get my case dismissed because I was not read my
Probably not. But if you were interrogated after being placed in
custody, your statements can not be used against you.
- What are my rights?
See Know your rights in a Colorado DUI/DWAI
- Will I go to jail?
On a first offense, probably not. On second or later offenses, it
becomes more probable, but an experienced attorney may be able to keep you out. See the ranges of penalies.
- If my DUI is reduced to a DWAI, what do I gain?
Not much. In Colorado both are counted as alcohol offenses (crimes)
for the rest of your life. While DWAI most likely will not be considered by
other states, DUI travels across state lines. DWAI may avoid an
interlock for multiple offenders and a suspension for all.
- I had two alcohol offenses when I was younger. What will happen to
my license if I have a third conviction?
Your license will be automatically revoked for two years.
- I have three serious offenses within seven years, what will become
of my license?
It will be automatically revoked for five years.
- How many hours of alcohol classes will I have to take?
Plan on at least 24-48 hours, one two hour session per week. The
higher your BAC, the more hours you will have to take.
- What will happen if I do not complete the classes or public
service ordered by the Court?
You will go to jail.
- I lost my Colorado license. May I obtain a license in another state.
In most cases, no.
- If I obtain an international driver's license, may I drive in
Colorado, even though my Colorado license is revoked?
- Am I a bad person, because I was arrested for DUI?
No, but you are well advised never, never smell like alcohol
while behind the wheel. You do not need to feel humiliated.
- What if I burped within twenty minutes of blowing?
The breath machine may have read alcohol from your stomach rather
than you lungs. The result may be incorrect. A similar problem occurs
- Answers to other questions posed on lawguru.
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Rights in a Colorado DUI
It is very important to understand them.
Calculate Your Blood Alcohol Content
It makes a difference.
Colorado DUI Penalties
What you are facing. Get Out of Jail cards are not free.
What Can I Do to Save My License?
Fight to save your license! If you drive after losing your license, you face substantial penalties.
Maps, addresses, phone numbers. Where to request a DMV hearing to fight to save your license.
There are many possible challenges that can be made to the charges you are facing.