Can A DUI Ruin My Life?
Yes, and the fact you're asking this question shows you've already suspected this is a big deal. The actions you take now, including contacting an attorney, can play a crucial role in the outcome of your case and your future.
What Are The Consequences Of A DUI Conviction?
DUI and DWAI are not one-size-fits-all; there are many factors that help to determine the potential punishments, including whether it is a first offense and whether anyone was injured or killed.
However, we can safely say that any drunk driving conviction has the potential to result in:
- A criminal record
- Increased insurance premiums
- $10,000 or more in fines
- Jail time
- Damage to your personal reputation
Do I Need A Lawyer?
You're not required to have a lawyer handling your case, but it's a good idea. There are many benefits to having a lawyer protecting your interests after a drunk driving arrest, including:
- Thorough investigation and case preparation
- Experience with the DUI defense process
- Negotiating favorable plea bargains, where necessary
- Aggressive defense of your rights at trail
- Answers to your questions
Above all else, you don't know what you don't know, and those gaps in knowledge and experience could be the difference between a favorable outcome and making your bed behind bars.
Learn more about the benefits of choosing the right DUI attorney.
Should I Submit To A Breathalyzer Test?
Due to Colorado's "expressed consent" laws, refusing to give consent to having your alcohol level tested will result in the suspension of your driver's license for one year. You can fight the suspension at a hearing, where it is crucial to have an experienced attorney representing you.
What Are The Consequences For Underage DUI?
There are financial consequences such as fines and the potential for a suspended driver's license, but the collateral consequences are particularly problematic for young people. Having an underage DUI conviction could bar you from receiving financial aid for college or even cause trouble with college admissions. You have your whole life ahead of you and we will fight to make sure it is not prematurely derailed.
What If A DUI Isn't The First?
Colorado's DUI laws have gotten progressively tougher over the years. Each subsequent DUI comes with tougher penalties, working up to the extremely harsh consequences of a fourth DUI:
- A felony criminal record
- Up to six years in prison
- Fines as great as $500,000
To minimize the damage from felony DUI charges, it is critical to have an experienced defense lawyer looking out for you.