Summer’s festive activities such as baseball games, bar-b-ques, sunny days relaxing on decks and other outdoor activities will be in full swing and with that, alcohol consumption and a heightened chance for a charge of Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
The first decision is to not drink and drive. If you do here are some facts.
Here are 10 facts about DUIs all drivers should be aware of.
- A police officer must have probable cause to stop your vehicle.
- If you are pulled over and suspected of DUI, Colorado’s Express Consent Law requires any driver to consent to a chemical test if a police officer has reasonable grounds to believe the person is driving under the influence or their ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired because of alcohol, drugs or both.
- You are not required to answer any of the officer’s questions that may incriminate you, just as you are not required to perform a roadside sobriety test.
- Not every officer has the training or experience to correctly administer field sobriety tests or to properly supervise chemical tests.
- Portable breathalyzer machines are not necessarily accurate.
- You are likely being recorded during roadside interactions and at the police station.
- If you request a lawyer, you have the right to speak privately with a lawyer prior to taking any tests at the station.
- If you are charged with DUI or DWAI in Colorado, penalties vary and may include fines, loss of license, community service and even jail time, all of which are amplified if you’ve had prior incidents.
- Just because a police officer charges you with DUI, it doesn’t mean you were actually guilty of drunk driving.
- If you have been arrested for DUI and have notice of revocation issued by a police officer, you have 7 days to go to a driver’s license office to request a hearing. You can contact the hearing section at 303-205-5606.
To learn more about DUI or DWAI laws in Colorado, or have questions about your pending charges, please call me at 303-837-9284 or email us. Being charged with a DUI can be a traumatic experience, but it does not have to be life-altering. We have the experience in helping clients through this situation.
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