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Legal support can be crucial when facing DUI charges

Drunk driving charges can be very complicated, and they often depend heavily on factors that may or may not have played a role in an alleged offense. Charges can reflect the level of a person's intoxication, the driver's age and whether injuries were suffered in an accident or not.

It is also not uncommon for authorities to file as many charges as possible because doing so can increase the penalties a person is facing and could increase the chances that a person will plead or be found guilty on at least one of the charges. Thankfully, drivers in this situation may be able to avoid maximum penalties. 

For example, let's take a look at a hypothetical -- but common -- situation: a person who has been arrested for DUI in Colorado for the first time. Let's imagine that driver didn't hurt anyone and was only pulled over because an officer claims that the driver was seen swerving.

One option in this case could be to challenge the charges and try to have them dismissed. This might happen if, for instance, it can be established that the officer did not have probable cause to stop the driver in the first place. Or perhaps the field sobriety tests or breath tests were conducted improperly, which could result in the evidence collected from those tests being thrown out.

Another option would be to negotiate the charges to have them and the penalties reduced. For instance, because this was a first-time offender who did not cause an accident or hurt someone, it may be possible to secure a plea bargain for fewer or less serious offenses.

Of course, many people lack thorough understanding of legal procedures well enough to pursue these options on their own. If you have been charged with a DUI, you can reach out to our attorneys who do understand the legal system and process and have experience helping people in these very situations. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our law firm and our approach to defending against DUI charges.

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