In most states in the U.S., being caught driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 will get you a DUI charge (Driving Under the Influence). Colorado has an additional charge, DWAI, Driving While Ability Impaired, which can apply at lower BAC levels if it can be shown that your ability to drive was affected to any degree whatsoever by alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both, the BAC for DWAI is between .051 and .079, much lower than a DUI. If you’re faced with such a predicament, you need a successful DUI and DWAI lawyer.
If you are pulled over and asked to blow into a Breathalyzer or take a blood or urine test, the result will determine if you can be charged for either type of impaired driving. If you blow above .08 BAC, you can be charged with DUI. Between .05 and .08 can get you a DWAI charge. This means that you can be charged with a criminal offense for driving home after virtually any social drinking.
Penalties for both DUI and DWAI are severe, potentially including stiff fines, community service, suspension of your license, and jail time, even for a first offense. Penalties become more severe for subsequent offenses.
Because of the severity of the penalties for drinking and driving in Colorado, you should always consult an experienced DUI attorney. You want to avoid jail time and you need to be able to drive to work if you are to continue earning a living. An experienced and knowledgeable Colorado DUI/DWAI attorney can raise many defenses to these charges, and while there is never a guarantee that you’ll get off completely unscathed, the right lawyer can protect your constitutional rights, work to minimize the negative consequences, and sometimes even get the charges dropped.
Your lawyer can require the prosecutor to show that the arrest was proper and that you were informed of your rights. The prosecution must also be able to show that the testing equipment was functioning properly and that the officer was trained and certified to operate it. These are just a few examples of areas where a good lawyer can sometimes have your charges dismissed.
If you’ve been charged with DUI or DWAI anywhere in the State of Colorado, you’ll find experienced, knowledgeable, and committed DUI and DWAI lawyer at the Law Office of Steven Rodemer, LLC in Colorado Springs. Attorney Steven Rodemer is a former prosecutor who knows the workings of the court system and also understands how to navigate DMV administrative proceedings. He has an excellent record of using the law to the benefit of his clients, having charges dismissed or reduced whenever possible and obtaining the least oppressive sentences, in many cases avoiding jail time or license suspension for first offenses.
As an American, you have many constitutional rights that must be upheld. The right to counsel when facing criminal charges is among the most important of these rights. When you hire attorney Steve Rodemer, you can be confident that your rights will be protected, and you will realize the best available outcome with the least negative impact on your life and your future.