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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.
There is one judge who handle DUIs in Gilpin County. It is all first come first serve, with no deference to lawyers. The conference is held in a conference room just behind the courtroom.
Pre-trial's are usually held in the afternoon of certain days of the month. 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 if a plea bargain is not reached. 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 not possible. There is a minimum two days in jail, unless it is a deferred sentence. Work release is available. Gilpin will offer deals if the defendant refuses a blood or breath test or has low BAC .
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.
Gilpin County Combined Courthouse
2960 Dory Hill Road
Black Hawk, CO 80422
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Teavel west on Interstate 70
Take Central City Pkwy and CO-119 to CO-46 E in Gilpin County
Continue on CO-46 E. Drive to Dory Hill Rd
Gilpin County Probation
The 1st Judicial District Probation Department serves Jefferson and Gilpin Counties. It is divided into areas responsible for case management and supervision of offenders placed on formal probation by the court. These units include: Adult, Adult Specialized, Domestic Violence, DUI, Intensive Supervision Probation, Juvenile, Pre-Sentence Investigation, Sex Offender, and Support Staff.
MAIN PHONE NUMBER: 720-772-2300
To contact a probation officer directly, please call our main phone number and follow the prompts for staff directory.