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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 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. Arapahoe county now handles all DUIs at the main court house on south Potomac. There are 6 possible court rooms to which you may be assigned. Your attorney will discuss the case with the prosecutor out of your presence in a room adjacent to the courtroom. The Deputy District Attorneys are usually on time. After pretrial the defendant goes to their respective court rooms and the judge calls up the case.
Pre-trial's are held in the mornings and afternoons of certain days of the week, depending on the judge. Often there are long waits to see the prosecutor or judge. It helps to be early.
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 a deferred sentence. Refusals are often reduced to DWAI.
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The Probation Department supervises offenders who have agreement for a deferred sentence or adjudication with the District Attorney’s office.
Unless the Court specifically places an individual on unsupervised probation, you should immediately report to the Probation Office. At that time you will be given instructions about who your Probation Officer is and when to return.
Individual Probation Officers are responsible for enforcing restitution orders and other conditions of probation.
The Terms and Conditions of probation are the requirements set by the Court as part of the probation sentence. Some conditions, like the necessity to remain law abiding, are required by law and others may be more directly related to the specific individual, like attending mental health counseling or paying restitution.
The Court conditions of your probation will be reviewed with you by your Probation Officer. Violation of any condition may lead to the filing of a complaint with the Court and a hearing where the Court will determine if you violated your probation and if your probation will be revoked. If probation is revoked, you may be re-sentenced to probation or sentenced to Community Corrections, jail or prison if you are an adult.
Adult and juvenile felony and misdemeanor offenders can be placed on probation. A risk assessment is conducted on each probationer to determine the level of supervision necessary to reduce the potential to re-offend. Higher risk offenders are often sentenced to intensive supervision rather than regular probation. Defendants charged with drug related offenses may have their cases assigned to Adult or Juvenile Drug Court, requiring intensive supervision directed to supporting sustained sobriety.
A pre-sentence report is a document prepared by the Probation Department about a specific defendant. The report provides the Judge with information about the offense, victim impact and the defendant to help with the sentencing decision. Pre-sentence reports are prepared for juveniles and adults.
If a Pre-sentence Report was not completed as part of your sentencing process, you will be required to fill out a number of forms so that your Probation Officer has complete information about you. During the time you are on probation you will work with your Probation Officer to complete the terms and conditions of probation set by the Court.
Alcohol Probation is a type of probation typically ordered in sentences for drinking and driving offenses. The Alcohol Drug Driving Safety Unit (ADDS Unit) is the part of the Probation Department that oversees these probationers. An alcohol evaluation is completed with the defendant and a level of alcohol classes is determined. The ADDS Unit monitors the completions of the alcohol classes, community service, Victim Impact Panel, and any other conditions of the sentence. The probationer does not necessarily have face to face contact with the probation officer after the initial meeting and is not charged a monthly supervision fee.
Supervised probation fee is $50 per month. Other fines and fees plus restitution may be ordered as well. The Collections Office will set up a payment schedule if you can’t pay the entire fine at once. Lower risk cases supervised by a private probation provider supervision fees will be paid to the provider instead of the Collection Office of the Court.
For more information see DUI in Colorado.
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