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Drunk Driving Charges Archives

Colorado DUI Targeted with Smartphone App, Other States Follow

In late 2009, an iPhone application entitled "R U Buzzed?" was launched by the Colorado Department of Transportation to lessen the number of DUI offenses in the state. Since becoming available, the application has been downloaded by thousands of iPhone users across the country.

WHAT CAN BE DONE TO HELP ME BEFORE I GO TO COURT ON A DUI/DWAI?

Many times I find myself talking to a client who finds themselves charged with a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) charge. Often times, these clients or potential clients have no idea how to start their defense. Two things are incredibly important to securing a satisfactory result in a DUI/DWAI case. First and foremost, competent representation from an attorney experienced in DUI/DWAI matters will help immensely. Secondly, any competent attorney will most likely recommend proactive mitigation. Mitigation is a powerful tool in any defense of criminal charges. Mitigation is the process by which the defense shows the Judge and/or District Attorney's office that a particular defendant in a case deserves leniency. In DUI/DWAI cases, this mitigation is easily obtained by doing some pretty straight forward tasks.

Tougher DUI Penalties

Colorado has seen a dramatic rise in anger and venom towards those accused of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) over the course of 2009. The Denver Post and some cooperating District Attorneys offices throughout the state have been working hard to bring tougher DUI penalties to Colorado. The talk is starting to get tougher. Often times when someone is charged with DUI or DWAI and calls our office they have prior offenses. Their concern is usually the threat of jail time. A DUI or a DWAI with priors carries up to a year in jail and several counties throughout the state are moving towards a guarantee of significant jail time. However, people in tough positions can still find sympathetic judges who recognize that not all situations are the same. Judges will listen to the length of time between DUI's, family situation, employment issues and other important things that are called "mitigation." Having heard a defendant's mitigation, some Judge's will be more lenient when it is appropriate.

DUI & DV (Domestic Violence) Dismissal

Often times the first issue raised by our clients is the possibility, or lack thereof, of their case being dismissed. This is a particularly tough question to answer when one is charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or any number of Domestic Violence (DV) charges. The legislature has carved out exceptions for these types of charges that make dismissal a much less easy remedy for a District Attorney or Court to agree to. In order for a Domestic Violence or Driving Under the Influence charge to either be dismissed or taken out of the alcohol or domestic violence realm which they are charged under, a finding must be made by the Court that District Attorney could not prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

DUI and the Holidays

The first thing most people think of when you mention the holidays are the all too fun holiday parties that are lined up with food and drink to spare. This is a chance for you and your friends to unwind get some stress out and maybe have a few Christmas Ales, perhaps a little Brandy in the old Eggnog, or maybe a few different drinks to get the edge off. Well, keep in mind that the police are also aware of this fact and ready to test you for that DUI or DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired which is a lesser form of DUI).

DUI and How It Will Affect Your Driver's License in 2009

Drivers accused of Driving Under the Influence in Colorado will face stiffer consequences come January 1, 2009. Currently adult drivers who are enduring their first DUI accusation (called a "per se revocation") face the possibility of losing their privilege to drive for three months. If those driving privileges are revoked then that driver would be eligible after thirty days to request a Probationary Drivers License (a.k.a. "PDL" or "Red License"). All of that is about to change come the new year.