There are a lot of circumstances that can lead to a drunk driving arrest and/or charge. Sometimes things happen that are out of a person’s control. Still other times, an unfortunate set of events can lead to a person being behind the wheel of a vehicle even when he or she never intended to be. That’s why it’s important for anyone in Denver arrested for DUI to understand the legal ramifications.
When a person is suspected of drunk driving in Colorado, law enforcement officers generally follow a procedure to verify that their suspicion is correct. After they get the suspect to pull off to the side of the road, law enforcement officers may test the driver for impairment by asking him to recite the alphabet or count backwards. Law enforcement officers may also request that the suspect participates in a standardized field sobriety test, like standing on one leg or walking in a straight line.
People charged with DUI or DWAI offenses may face any number of charges based upon the severity and nature of the circumstances. Factors such as the involvement or lack thereof of other vehicles or persons, any injuries or death that resulted from the situation or the existence of any prior offenses can sometimes make the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony charge.
The Denver Broncos expressed anger, frustration and embarrasment following the drunk driving arrests of two of their top lieutenants, Matt Russell, director of player personnel and Tom Heckert, director of pro personnel. Now that the initial emotions have subsided, the discipline will be handed down.
"Be smart about your decisions this weekend" was the proclimation set forth by Darrell Lingk, who is the Director of Transportation Safety for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). As we reported last week, law enforcement agencies across the state are gearing up for what is arguably the most dangerous weekend of the summer.