People who are gathering with family and friends over the Thanksgiving weekend in Colorado, might take this time to unwind and relax with a few adult beverages. However, it is important that people consume alcohol responsibly and understand their rights if they are pulled over for alleged drunk driving.
Sometimes officers will pull people over for an unrelated issue, but ask them about whether they’ve had anything to drink. This could result in a person being arrested for drunk driving after be subjected to field sobriety testing. This year, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado State Patrol are increasing enforcement of drunk driving laws.
Getting arrested for drunk driving could result in a person spending a holiday evening in jail. Although this is very inconvenient, the charges that they face could result in even more severe penalties than a night or two in jail.
Speaking with an experienced Colorado criminal defense attorney might be a wise decision for anyone who is arrested for alleged drunk driving over the Thanksgiving weekend. They can help a person understand their rights and evaluate how the police handled the situation to make sure no rights were violated during the arrest. They can also work to form a rigorous defense. An arrest for drunk driving could result in public humiliation and a person having difficulty at their employer. Depending on what they do for a living, they might be required to disclose a DUI conviction to their employer and might even be terminated as a result.
Source: noco5.com, “Thanksgiving DUI enforcement,” Nov. 25, 2013