DUIs can ruin lives. Not only will they impact your ability to keep your Colorado driver's license and keep driving your kids to school, or yourself to your job, they will also leave a permanent mark on your driving and criminal record that future employers, banks, district attorneys, and criminal courts in Colorado can refer to when making important decisions about your future. Every decision you make from the moment you are stopped by the police for your DUI, until the end of your case, can be important and will shape the outcome of your future.
I was charged with a DUI in Jefferson County, should I hire a DUI lawyer?
Our recommendation will likely be yes. No longer are DUIs just a "he said, she said" in court where the jury has to decide whether to believe the cop or the defendant. DUIs are scientific cases in today's world. That is why it is so important to choose the right DUI lawyer in Denver, Arapahoe, Jefferson County, or any other county in which you received your DUI charge.
We have handled hundreds of DUI cases and know exactly how to approach your case to get you the best result possible. Call us at 303-578-4036 for your free consultation. We answer phones 24/7.
At Shazam Kianpour & Associates, we are Colorado DUI defense attorneys. We have taken these tough cases to trial, or found a reasonable outcome prior to trial for our clients to be able to maintain their lifestyles and pursue their freedom. Make sure if you are charged with a DUI in Douglas, Adams, or Broomfield counties, that you make the responsible choice and pick the Denver DUI lawyer who has been there and done that in court before. Now is not the time to play games with your future. Call Shazam Kianpour & Associates today, and ask for the Colorado traffic lawyers who know the game better than the prosecutor trying to put you in jail. Call us today for a free consultation and a comprehensive evaluation of your DUI case today at 303-578-4036.
Can I get a good deal for my DUI charge in Broomfield or Adams County?
It is important for a person charged with a DUI in Adams County or any other jurisdiction in Colorado, to understand that there are different options available to them. First and foremost, it is possible to reach a plea bargain with the district attorney in many cases. With the right legal representation, this may involve the prosecutor extending a plea deal that allows you to take a deal to a lesser offense known as a DWAI in Colorado (driving while ability impaired). DWAI charges in Boulder, Jefferson County, and other counties in Colorado carry less severe jail time, probation requirements, and mandatory classes than DUI charges do. DWAIs also carry fewer points, which can make a big impact on your chances of keeping your Colorado driver's license. However, receiving a DWAI plea bargain or a dismissal in your case is not a guaranteed outcome. The best thing to do is to call a qualified Arapahoe DUI lawyer today.
We have the experience and the trial background to litigate even the smallest issues that can make a difference to your case. Perhaps the police officer was too hasty and did not perform the testing process correctly. Potentially the officer profiled you or your car and did not have valid Fourth Amendment grounds to pull you out of the car in the first place. Maybe the Breathalyzer machine was not calibrated correctly or the lab that tested your blood work made some errors. These have all been past reasons why and how we have gotten some of our clients' DUI cases thrown out prior to trial. While no two cases are the same, at Shazam Kianpour & Associates, the experience of your qualified DUI lawyer in Douglas County will help us be ready for all situations. Our Jefferson County DUI attorneys have the background and litigation skills to try and reach the most favorable outcome for you. Come in and chat with us for a free consultation today at 303-578-4036.
When I am at a DUI checkpoint in Colorado, do I have to do the Voluntary Roadside Tests?
DUIs have become a scientific analysis in criminal courts. If you are stopped by a police officer, you first have to decide whether you will agree to his or her request for voluntary roadsides tests that the policeman will ask you to perform. Remember, these are voluntary roadsides, which means that you don't have to do them. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the only thing you need to do is to comply with the officer's direct orders. That is, give them your driver's license, registration and proof of insurance. If the policeman asks you if you would like to take voluntary roadsides, we recommend you say "No, Thank you". Furthermore, if the policeman asks you if you have drank anything, you do not have to answer that question. Our Colorado DUI lawyers have seen many instances where a person stopped has admitted to having "one or two beers". This is an admission of guilt, so don't do it! Keep your cool and remember that you have rights. Anything you say today can be used against you in DUI court tomorrow.
I was given a choice between a blood test and a breath test. Which is better?
There are multiple schools of thought that suggest DUI breath tests are better for you the client, and there are others that suggest a blood test is better. Really there is no clear answer as both situations have their benefits and drawbacks. For example, DUI breath tests in Colorado are not considered as accurate as DUI blood tests. They have to be administered under strict conditions where you may not have any tobacco in your mouth, you must not have belched or thrown up for at least 20 minutes, and you must be capable of generating the volume of air required to trigger a "good blow" (test) on the Breathalyzer machine.
The downside of the Colorado DUI breath test is that nearly every police station has a Breathalyzer machine and the chances are that the police officer can get you to a police station and have you blowing in less than an hour. This means whatever alcohol is in your system has not had a good chance to work its way out of your system properly and you may show a higher reading than if you were to be taken to a hospital for a proper blood draw because hospitals are few and far in between.
These are just some of the basic requirements that have to be met by law enforcement for a DUI breath test to be properly admitted in criminal courts in Colorado, and there are many other requirements that we can discuss with you while defending your driving under the influence charges in Adams County. Consult with our team of qualified DUI lawyers in Denver to get more answers to your case today! Call us at 303-578-4036 to schedule your free consultation today!
Blood testing in Boulder DUI cases have their own good points and bad points as well. One very negative side of blood tests on DUI cases is that if you have other "substances" in your body, then they are likely going to show up on a blood test. This can be a negative consequence if hypothetically you are not over the legal limit to drive due to alcohol, but maybe you have marijuana in your system from the night before. Blood tests for DUIs in Colorado are also considered more accurate and the scientific studies show that to be true.
Often when we have a blood sample retested, we find that the second sample yields results that are very close in measurements to the first sample that the police relied on to charge you with your driving under the influence case. The good thing about blood tests from a DUI defense standpoint is that often police cannot get you admitted into a hospital very quickly and the extra time you have allows your system to burn through more alcohol. This can sometimes result in you testing with a lower BAC (blood alcohol content) and possibly helping you not get charged with a DUI or DWAI in Colorado.
I have been charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs in Denver (DUID). But I am allowed to smoke marijuana in Colorado, so why did I receive a ticket?
It is important to understand that just because Amendment 20 of the Colorado Constitution allows us to use marijuana for medical or recreational purposes, that doesn't mean that you are allowed to drive under the influence of marijuana or drugs. Like any other controlled substance, the level of impairment is what concerns the state courts and prosecutors. Colorado laws are very strict when it comes to DUID. If you are under the influence of any drug and you drive, and they catch you, then you can be charged with DUID in Denver, Arapahoe, Jefferson County, or any other jurisdiction in Colorado. You should know that some people are even receiving DUID charges in Adams and Boulder counties for driving with Ambien (a sleep aid) in their system. Whatever your charges, make sure you call the Boulder County DUID lawyers who have fought and beat these charges before. We are a group of traffic attorneys in Denver that specialize in DUI, DWAI, and DUID defense. We will happily sit down with you and advise you of your rights and make sure that your case is handled with professionalism, experience, and an aggressive defense-minded attitude. Why us? Because when you need us, we are there for you!
I refused to take a test of any kind on my DUI stop. Is that better or worse for my DUI Case in Denver?
The answer to this question is one that will play out over time and remains to be seen. Certainly if you drive for a living or consider your driver's license a necessary part of your everyday life and routine, refusing a blood or breath test can be costly.
Refusal of a DUI test is your absolute right; however, the DMV has harsher sanctions for "refusals", including possible driver's license suspension for a year. You should consult with a Denver DUI lawyer immediately and figure out what can be done to preserve your rights and request a DMV hearing in order to get a red license or even possibly winning your driver's license hearing and being allowed to keep your license in Colorado.