Protect Your Future Against DUI, DWAI & DUID Charges in Denver, Colorado
Charges of driving under the influence (DUI), driving while ability impaired (DWAI) and driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) 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.
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- I was charged with a DUI – should I hire a DUI lawyer?
- Is it possible to reach a plea deal for my DUI?
- When I am at a DUI checkpoint in Colorado, do I have to do the voluntary roadside tests?
- I was given the choice between a blood test and a breath test. Which is better?
- I have been charged with DUID in Denver. But I am allowed to smoke marijuana In Colorado, so why did I receive a ticket?
- I refused to take a test of any kind on my DUI stop. Is that better or worse for my DUI case in Denver?
- If I am found guilty, can I get probation instead of jail time?
- Why should I work with Shazam Kianpour & Associates, P.C.?
We Will Fight Tenaciously To Protect Your Rights
Some advantages that our Denver-area legal team at Shazam Kianpour & Associates, P.C., can provide include:
- Conducting a full investigation of your case: This allows us to determine if there are weaknesses in the prosecution’s charges. It also allows us to determine if the police followed procedures correctly.
- Guiding you through the Colorado court system: There are many technical procedures that must be followed precisely in order to prevail in court. We have an extensive understanding of these rules and will effectively lead you through them all.
- Negotiating favorable plea bargains: Our Colorado criminal law attorneys are skilled negotiators as well as trial advocates. If there is a deal that will protect your interests, we will strive to obtain it.
- Aggressively defending your rights at trial: Our team utilizes sophisticated and aggressive trial strategies in order to best protect your rights in front of a judge and jury.
- Answering any questions you may have: No matter what questions you have regarding your DUI or DWAI charges, we will provide you with prompt and accurate information.
I was charged with a DUI – should I hire a DUI lawyer?
Our recommendation will likely be yes. No longer are DUIs just “he said, she said” situations 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. We have taken these tough cases to trial or found reasonable outcomes prior to trial so that our clients have been able to maintain their lifestyles and pursue their freedom. Now is not the time to play games with your future. Not sure if you need an attorney? We offer a free consultation. Call 720-407-2582 to speak with us.
Is it possible to reach a plea deal for my DUI?
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 Denver criminal lawyer, this may involve the prosecutor extending a plea deal that allows you to take a deal for a lesser offense known as a DWAI in Colorado. DWAI charges in Boulder, Jefferson 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 trial background to litigate even the smallest issues, which can make a difference in the outcome of 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 breath test 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, P.C., the experience of your qualified DUI lawyer in Douglas County will help us be ready for all situations.
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 their request for voluntary roadside tests that they will ask you to perform. Remember, these are voluntary roadside tests, 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 officer asks you if you would like to take voluntary roadside tests, we recommend you say, “No, thank you.” Furthermore, if they ask you if you have drank anything, you do not have to answer that question. We’ve seen many instances in which a person who was 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 the 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 blood tests are 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: 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 that 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 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 DUI 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 720-407-2582 to schedule your free consultation.
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 you may 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 DUI 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 blood alcohol content (BAC) and possibly helping you avoid a DUI or DWAI charge in Colorado.
I have been charged with DUID in Denver. 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 to 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 or have THC in your system and you drive and they catch you, then you can be charged with DUID in Denver, Arapahoe and Jefferson counties as well as in 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 an experienced Denver County DUI attorney. We are a group of proven attorneys in Denver that specializes 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, 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 win your driver’s license hearing and be allowed to keep your license in Colorado.
If I am found guilty, can I get probation instead of jail time?
Usually, the answer comes down to whether you have any prior DUI or DWAI convictions. If you are a first-time offender or you have only one prior, with the right DUI lawyer, most judges tend to want to give you another chance.
But be prepared: DUI probation is hard, and a judge is not going to think it is funny if you show up with a marijuana card and claim that you have a constitutional right to smoke weed. Let our lawyers help you. We have handled these tough cases before and know how to argue the science and the math to the people who are trying to put you in jail.
Why should I work with Shazam Kianpour & Associates, P.C.?
We understand that your fight to keep your family, your job and your freedom is going to be one of the biggest battles of your life. Our skilled attorneys have spent years fighting to protect people from the law’s harshest penalties. Three reasons to work with our team are:
- We conduct detailed investigations of your arrest so we can challenge the results of roadside sobriety tests as well as the chemical tests involving breath and blood samples. We pore over Denver police records for evidence of improper officer conduct or impermissible arrest procedures that can result in your charges being reduced or dropped.
- We also understand that, in some situations, it is in our clients’ best interests to enter negotiations with prosecutors for favorable plea agreements that protect you from severe sanctions.
- When a felony DUI case goes to trial, our meticulously prepared lawyers deploy a wide array of effective courtroom strategies that can challenge every aspect of the prosecution’s case.
Get Attorneys Who Fight For You
You will need a good DUI, DWAI and DUID attorney to fight this fight for you and find out where the dust settles. Our team at Shazam Kianpour & Associates, P.C., can help.
We have over 20 combined years of DUI experience and the tenacity and aggressiveness necessary to pull you through these tough times. We will listen to your case; ask you to fill out one of our DUI defense forms, from which we can find different ways to challenge the DUI stop, the tests and the officer’s credibility; and fight for you every step of the way. We care for your future and family, and we will prove it to you from the moment you speak to us. The team at Shazam Kianpour & Associates, P.C., can be reached any day at 720-407-2582 for a free consultation immediately.