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Drinking and Driving – Colorado DUI Lawyer

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Oct 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

If a Denver Police Officer has reason to suspect that you are Driving Under the Influence, Driving While Ability Impaired, or are engaging in any other criminal activity while driving, they have the right to pull you over. They may ask you to perform some roadside maneuvers (Field Sobriety Test), and ask you to breathe into a Breathalyzer to test your blood alcohol content. Driving drunk is a serious offense, as the consequences can be fatal, as in the case of the 233 people in Colorado last year who died after a crash resulting from suspected impairment. A Colorado Springs woman was arrested earlier this month after a crash that severely injured her passenger. Now in the El Paso County Jail, the woman is being held on bond and facing charges of both careless driving and DUI.

Definition of Driving Under the Influence in Adams County

The Adams and Douglas County, Colorado definition of “Driving under the influence – driving while impaired – driving with excessive alcoholic content” is found in C.R.S. 42-4-1301:

“A person who drives a motor vehicle or vehicle under the influence of alcohol or one or more drugs, or a combination of both alcohol and one or more drugs, commits driving under the influence. Driving under the influence is a misdemeanor, but it is a class 4 felony if the violation occurred after three or more prior convictions, arising out of separate and distinct criminal episodes, for DUI, DUI per se, or DWAI; vehicular homicide, as described in section 18-3-106 (1)(b), C.R.S.; vehicular assault, as described in section 18-3-205 (1)(b), C.R.S.; or any combination thereof.

A person who drives a motor vehicle or vehicle while impaired by alcohol or by one or more drugs, or by a combination of alcohol and one or more drugs, commits driving while ability impaired. Driving while ability impaired is a misdemeanor, but it is a class 4 felony if the violation occurred after three or more prior convictions, arising out of separate and distinct criminal episodes, for DUI, DUI per se, or DWAI; vehicular homicide, as described in section 18-3-106 (1)(b), C.R.S.; vehicular assault, as described in section 18-3-205 (1)(b), C.R.S.; or any combination thereof.”

Last year, over 10,000 drivers were arrested for suspected DUI / DWAI in Colorado.

Arapahoe County DUI / DWAI Defense Lawyer

If you or a loved one are facing charges after Driving Under the Influence in Arapahoe County, be smart. Exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the experienced criminal defense lawyers at O'Malley and Sawyer today. Call us at 303-830-0880 to schedule a free initial consultation, or to set up a jail visit. Together, we can protect your future.

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Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.

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