Operating a vehicle while drunk is charged as Driving Under the Influence in Denver and Douglas County. A man was recently arrested for this crime after he called 911 to report himself for DUI. The man was apparently driving around telling the 911 operator that he was trying to get pulled over. He claimed to be driving on the wrong side of the road before parking in the middle of the street, waiting for police to arrive. While it provided a laugh for the police and 911 dispatcher, the man probably won't be laughing about his drunk driving charge and the collateral consequences involved with the case.
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Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Drunk Driving in Denver: Definition of DUI in Arapahoe County
The Denver, Arapahoe, and Douglas County, Colorado law definition of Driving Under the Influence – C.R.S. 42-4-1301 – is:
“Driving a motor vehicle or vehicle when a person has consumed alcohol or one or more drugs, or a combination of alcohol and one or more drugs, that affects the person to a degree that the person is substantially incapable, either mentally or physically, or both mentally and physically, to exercise clear judgment, sufficient physical control, or due care in the safe operation of a vehicle.”
Because the man admitted to consuming alcohol and operating a motor vehicle, he is facing this crime. When there is probable cause for a DUI arrest, an officer will invoke expressed consent. At that point, you are required to provide a blood or breath sample. If you refuse, your license will be suspended. But, you only have to submit the sample AFTER you have been arrested. Any breath or roadside tests an officer requests you to complete before an arrest is considered voluntary and we always advise that you do not participate.
Sentence for Driving Under the Influence in Adams and Jefferson County
A person is charged with DUI when their BAC (blood alcohol content) is a .08 or higher in Jefferson or Adams County. For a first offense, Driving Under the Influence is punishable by 5 days – 1 years in the Adams County Jail with 48-96 hours of community service. A second offense is punishable by 10 days – 1 year in the Jefferson County Jail with 120 hours of community service.
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