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We're attorneys Jim Forslund and Gary Pareja, and we help people just like you who have been arrested for DUI. In fact, almost all of the legal work we do concerns DUI.
Let us give you some advice about your case.
It is not a good idea to go to Court alone. Any thing you say to the District Attorney or the Court can be used against you.
On the other hand, If you have an attorney, the Court and the DA cannot talk to you without your attorney present. In addition, anything your attorney says cannot be used against you. And anything you tell your attorney is protected by the attorney client privilege.
If you have an attorney and you are not under bond, your first experience with the justice system is the pretrial conference. The goals of the pre-trial conference are the same in all of the metropolitan county courts, but there are differences in the way they are conducted.
In this first stage the first goal is to determine if the case can be settled without a trial and on what terms. A second goal is to determine what steps should be taken if the matter is set for trial.
Here are matters that are taken into consideration in all jurisdictions, by the prosecutor when making a plea bargain offer:
But there are also different policies in the various District Attorney's offices that apply to DUI cases.
These are the important things that you need to know.
There are six judges who handle DUIs in Adams County. Four of them are on the third floor and two are on the second. Each judge has his or her own schedule.
Pre-trial's are usually held in the morning of certain days of the week, depending on the judge, but some are held in the early afternoon. Usually there are not long waits in the court room. The conferences are held in open court. Your attorney will discuss the case with the prosecutor out of your presence.
Pleas are not entered until the pre-trial conference. If you enter a not guilty plea, the trial must be held within six months.
If you enter a guilty plea to an alcohol offense, you will be referred to an alcohol evaluation and public service. The fine is due at this time if you do not have priors and were not over .20. Payments can be arranged on the fine. Otherwise the judge may have you come back to court after the evaluation.
In-home detention is usually ordered if you have a second or were over .20; jail with work release on a third, straight time on a fourth or higher. Finally, it is often possible to get low BACs reduced to reckless with a fine only. Refusals are often reduced to DWAI.
Directions to the Courthouse
1. Take I-76 E to E Bromley Ln in Adams County 2. Take exit 22 from I-76 3. Follow E Bromley Ln to Judicial Center Dr in Brighton 4. Turn left onto E Bromley Ln 5. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit and stay on E Bromley Ln 6. Turn left onto Judicial Center Dr 7. Make a U-turn
Hours and Other Information
Hours Clerk's Office: M-F 7:30-4:30, Records Dept: M-F 8:00-4:00 Other Information The Clerk's Office is closed the 4th Wednesday each month from 12:00pm to 1:00pm for staff training.
Adams County Probation Brighton - 303-835-5720 Adult and Juvenile PreSentence Investigations Adult Alcohol Evaluations District Court Collections Adult and Juvenile Supervision - Brighton and surrounding areas Commerce City - 720-437-6800 Adult and Juvenile Supervision - Commerce City/Aurora and surrounding areas Sex Offender Supervision Westminster - 303-451-5555 Adult and Juvenile Supervision - Thornton, Northglenn, Westminster, Broomfield and surrounding areas ROC Program
For more information see DUI in Colorado.
To contact us, please call at 303-332-3602.
P.S. Your first conference with us is free, and there is no further obligation.
Cites served by Adams County Court: Aurora, Thornton, Arvada, Westminster, Commerce Ctiy, Northglenn, Brighton, Federal Heights