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 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 four judges who handle DUIs in Weld County It is all first come first serve, with no deference to lawyers. The conference is held in a conference room just outside the court room or in the courtroom.
Pre-trial's are held in the morning or afternoons of certain days of the week, depending on the judge. There are often long waits in the court room. Your attorney will discuss the case with the prosecutor out of your presence.
Not guilty pleas are entered effective on the arraignment date. 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 possible sometimes if you were over .20; jail with work release on a second conviction or higher. Weld will offer deals if the defendant refuses a blood or breath test or has low BAC .
Weld County Court House
901 9th Ave
P.O. Box 2038 (80632)
Greeley, CO 80631
Head northeast on US-85 N toward Co Rd 48
Keep left to continue on US-85 BUS N
Turn left onto 10th St
Turn right at the 2nd cross street onto 10th Ave
Turn right onto 9th St
Turn right at the 1st cross street onto 9th Ave
Destination will be on the right
Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
For more information see DUI in Colorado.
To contact me, please call at 303-332-3602.
P.S. Your first conference with me is free, and there is no further obligation.