Every case is different. The results below came from hard work and skill applied to situations with feasible legal or factual defenses.
They are not intended to suggest what result you will obtain in your case.
Colorado DUI Laws
And what an experienced DUI lawyer can do for you
Drunk driving is an important public safety concern, but Colorado’s DUI (driving under the influence) laws are some of the toughest in the country, sweeping drunk drivers as well as many safe drivers into the criminal justice system. The trigger for DWAI (driving while ability impaired) liability in Colorado is a BAC as low as .05, which is about 2 drinks for most people. The trigger for DUI is not much higher: .08. If you refuse a test, you will likely lose your driver’s license and the DA can still prosecute you.
In Colorado, the penalties for DUI or DWAI escalate quickly if you have any priors, with increasing mandatory jail for subsequent offenses. But every case is different, and punishment for DUI convictions varies greatly. Some judges routinely impose lengthy jail sentences without too much regard for mitigating circumstances, while others are more nuanced. Very few Colorado judges would be considered “soft” on DUI sentencing.
A skilled DUI defense lawyer protects your license and gives you the best chance of dismissal or acquittal at trial, or at least a plea offer and sentence that reduce or avoid jail.
The best Denver DUI lawyers have specialized training and experience to challenge the government’s scientific evidence, and to pick apart the officer’s observations of intoxication. If your rights were violated, if the police or laboratory did not follow proper procedures, a DUI lawyer may be able to suppress evidence or get the case dismissed. If a trial is necessary, you need a lawyer with DUI trial experience, who can tell your story and fight for you in court. This is a specialized area of law, and you should not entrust your defense to anyone but a skilled DUI lawyer.
If you’ve been charged, you need to consult with DUI attorney as soon as possible, as there are strict deadlines that affect your ability to defend your driver’s license and prepare for trial. Matthew Hand has handled hundreds of DUI and DWAI cases, and has received specialized DUI training both as a prosecutor and defense attorney. He knows how to protect your driver’s license, how to pursue dismissal on constitutional or technical grounds, how to attack the government’s case at trial, and when it is wiser to negotiate a plea offer and fight for a fair sentence, one that emphasizes probation instead of jail. No stone will be left unturned in defense of your reputation and freedom.