Overview of Driving Under the Influence Charges in Colorado
According to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's Colorado Crime Statistics*, there were 16,213 Driving Under the Influence (“DUI”) cases filed in 2022.
DUI Colorado charges are very serious.
If you are facing charges of DUI (or the lesser included offense of Driving While Ability Impaired [“DWAI”]) based upon alcohol or other substances, contact Miller and Law, P.C. as soon as possible as your rights may be impacted. A knowledgeable attorney will help you to explore all your options for navigating the criminal justice system with the goal of protecting your rights, license, and freedom.
Understanding DUI, DUI Per Se, and DWAI
DUI is defined as operating a motor vehicle while being substantially incapable of doing so due to being under the influence of alcohol, Driving Under the Influence Charges in Coloradoone or more drugs, or a combination of alcohol and other substances. DUI can be a subjective charge (in the opinion of law enforcement an individual is substantially incapable of safely operating a vehicle) and an/or objective charge (known as DUI per se) in which an individual is tested by means of a blood or breath test and their blood alcohol content (BAC) is at or over a .08 within two hours of operating a vehicle.
DWAI is charged when a person is impaired to the slightest degree and operates a vehicle. Like with DUI, it can be a subjective charge (in the opinion of law enforcement an individual is impaired to the slightest degree) and/or an objective charge in which an individual is tested by means of a blood or breath test and their BAC is at or over a .05 but less that a .08 within two hours of operating a vehicle .
If you are facing a DUI charge, you must first understand there are generally two considerations that need to be addressed:
• License Ramifications – after being cited with a DUI charge your driver’s license can be impacted. It is therefore important to promptly contact an attorney to discuss your case and evaluate next steps.
• Court Ramifications – a DUI also carries ramifications in the criminal justice system and can result in various consequences including the imposition of jail time, community service, alcohol classes/therapy, monitored sobriety and various fines/costs. Contacting an attorney can help an individual cited with a DUI (or DWAI) navigate this process.
Driving Under the Influence Charges in Colorado: Conclusion
Dealing with a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) charge in Colorado can be a stressful and complex situation. Remember, every DUI case is unique, and the advice and steps might differ based on individual circumstances. Seeking immediate legal counsel and following their guidance is crucial for navigating a DUI charge in Colorado.
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**This article is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Individuals involved should consult with legal professionals for specific guidance tailored to their circumstances.
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