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Denver Criminal Lawyer Explains How to Get Car Insurance After A DUI


October 18, 2017

People that have been convicted of DUI must have car insurance in order to regain their driving privileges. But, finding car insurance after a DUI can sometimes be a challenge according to John L. Buckley, a Denver DUI defense lawyer. If you are a DUI offender looking for car insurance, follow these tips:

Be prepared.

Before beginning, it’s important to understand that your rates will not be as low as they were prior to your arrest. Now that you have a DUI on your record, insurance companies view you as a high-risk driver. This means that your rates will increase significantly for the next several years.

Contact multiple companies.

Anyone that has been convicted of a DUI must get a SR-22 document, which is basically proof of insurance, from the insurance company. Unfortunately, some insurance companies will not provide this to you, so you may need to contact multiple companies to find one that is willing to work with a DUI offender.

Consider alternative options.

Get quotes from a few different insurance companies so you have a better idea of how much you will have to pay now that you are a high-risk driver. At this point, you may come to the realization that you can no longer afford car insurance. If this is the case, think of other ways you can get around town while you wait for the DUI to come off of your insurance record. You may want to consider taking public transportation or carpooling with a friend or family member until your rates have dropped back down.

Obtain the SR-22.

Don’t forget that the insurance company that you do business with must prepare an SR-22 document and file it with the DMV on your behalf. Even though it is the insurance company’s responsibility to file this document, you should still check in and make sure that they didn’t forget to do this. Learn more about the SR-22 and other insurance requirements in Colorado.

Don’t miss payments.

DUI offenders should always make on-time auto insurance payments. If a DUI offender fails to make a payment, the SR-22 will be canceled and the insurance company will immediately notify the DMV to let them know that you are no longer insured. As soon as they are notified, the DMV will suspend your driver’s license until a new SR-22 in your name is filed. For this reason, it’s important to remember to make on-time payments so you don’t have to deal with the hassle of having a suspended license.  

If you are arrested and charged with DUI, it’s in your best interest to get in touch with the Law Office of John Buckley right away. Our criminal defense attorneys will work tirelessly to defend your rights and ensure you receive the best legal representation possible. We will do everything possible to prove your innocence so you do not have to worry about how your conviction will affect your car insurance. Contact John L. Buckley as soon as possible to schedule a legal consultation regarding your DUI case.
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Ask the Denver Criminal Defense Attorney: Can I Go to Canada If I Have A DUI?


October 9, 2017

Having a DUI conviction on your record could affect your ability to find employment and legally drive, but these aren’t the only consequences that you could face. Many people are surprised when their Denver criminal defense attorney tells them that a DUI on their record could affect their ability to travel to Canada.

Canada’s DUI Laws

DUI laws may be considered strict in the United States, but they are not nearly as harsh as the laws for driving under the influence in Canada. A DUI is considered an “indictable offense” in Canada, which means it is equivalent to a felony here in the states.

Gaining Entrance to Canada

Before entering Canada, you will have to answer a number of questions. One of these questions is, “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” Anyone that has been convicted of DUI must say “yes” to this question. Even if you don’t think the DUI was a big deal because it was a misdemeanor, you must answer this question honestly.

Some people think that if they are not planning on driving while they are in Canada, they do not have to be honest about their criminal record, but that’s not the case. Lying in order to gain entry to the country may lead to additional legal consequences. Learn more about Canada: DWI or DUI driving convictions.

Will you be turned away at the border if you have a DUI on your record? Not necessarily, but it is possible. There are two ways that a person with a DUI can get into Canada. The first is by showing that you have been rehabilitated, but you will only qualify for this option if your DUI occurred at least five years ago. If it did, ask an attorney for help filling out the extensive paperwork that must be submitted.

The second option is filing for a temporary resident permit (TRP), which is not offered to anyone with two or more DUI convictions. You can either apply in advance for this permit or do it on the spot at the Canadian border, but of course, it’s much better to do it ahead of time to ensure the request is approved.

It’s important to note that some DUI offenders may be allowed into the country without having to obtain a permit or file for rehabilitation. Canada will typically allow you to enter if you only have one DUI conviction on your record and it occurred over 10 years ago. If you have not been convicted of any crimes since then, Canadian officials will most likely assume that you have been rehabilitated and allow you into the country.

If you are arrested and charged with DUI, it’s in your best interest to get in touch with the Law Office of John Buckley right away. Our criminal defense attorneys will work tirelessly to defend your rights and ensure you receive the best legal representation possible. Contact John L. Buckley as soon as possible to schedule a legal consultation regarding your DUI case.
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Criminal Defense Lawyer in Denver Discusses the Costs of DUI


October 4, 2017

Many DUI defendants do not realize how much being convicted of driving under the influence can cost. But, it’s important to understand the expenses that you may incur as a result of a DUI charge or conviction. John L. Buckley, a criminal defense lawyer in Denver, breaks down some of the costs below:

Alcohol Education Classes

Defendants are often required to complete an alcohol education course if they are convicted of driving under the influence. Not only do these courses take a lot of time to complete, but they also cost money. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), these courses can cost anywhere from $150 to $1,000. Learn more about the cost of DUI.

Ignition Interlock Rental

Another expense that DUI defendants often forget about is the ignition interlock rental fees. Defendants will be required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles in order to regain their driving privileges. However, these devices are not cheap. The amount that you will end up paying depends on how long the court orders you to have one of these devices on your car. But, CDOT estimates that it could cost you around $970 total.  

Auto Insurance

Having a DUI on your record will also increase your auto insurance rates. Why? Insurance companies calculate rates based on risk. If you are convicted of DUI, the insurance company will view you as a high-risk driver, which means they will charge you more for coverage. It typically takes years for insurance rates to drop back down, so you may end up spending an extra $1,000 to $3,000 on insurance coverage in the meantime.

Fines

The court may order you to pay fines if you are convicted of DUI. The amount that you will have to pay will vary depending on a number of factors, including your prior criminal record. For example, first time offenders may be ordered to pay a fine between $600-$1,000 while second time offenders may have to pay up to $1,500.

Probation Supervision

DUI defendants are often sentenced to probation instead of jail. Everyone that is sentenced to probation will have to pay a probation supervision fee, which can cost up to $1,200. This is yet another sizable expense that you will be responsible for if you are convicted.

Miscellaneous Fees

There are various other fees that DUI defendants will have to pay. For instance, defendants will have to pay a court fee that is approximately $25. They will also need to make a $33 payment to the victim compensation fund and a $25 payment to the victim impact panel. Although each individual fee is not much, these small expenses can quickly add up.

If you are arrested and charged with DUI, it’s in your best interest to get in touch with the Law Office of John Buckley right away. Our criminal defense attorneys will work tirelessly to defend your rights and ensure you receive the best legal representation possible. Contact John L. Buckley as soon as possible to schedule a legal consultation regarding your DUI case.
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Criminal Defense Lawyer in Denver: The Difference Between First and Second DUI Offenses


September 27, 2017

Any time that you are charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in the state of Colorado, it’s serious. The potential penalties that you may face for driving under the influence are nothing to take lightly. But, did you know that the penalties may differ depending on whether this is your first or second offense? Here’s what you need to know according to John L. Buckley, a criminal defense lawyer in Denver:

 

Jail Time

There is always a possibility that you will have to spend time behind bars if you are convicted of DUI, regardless of whether it is your first or tenth offense. However, the time that you will be ordered to serve may vary depending on your prior criminal record. First time offenders could face anywhere between five days to one year in jail, whereas defendants who have already been convicted of DUI once before can face between 10 days and one year. Most judges do not put first time offenders in jail unless given a reason to do so, but they may not be so lenient with those who have already been convicted of this crime once. Get the answer to the question “What are the Colorado DUI laws?” here.

 

Fines

In addition to possibly spending more time behind bars, DUI offenders should also expect to pay more in fines if they are convicted for a second time. First time offenders can face fines of $600-$1,000, but the maximum fine increases to $1,500 if this is your second conviction. Five hundred dollars may not seem like a huge difference, but every penny counts when you are dealing with the many other costs of having a DUI on your record.

 

Community Service

Besides the potential fines and jail time, both first and second time DUI offenders may be ordered to perform dozens of hours of community service. If you are convicted of DUI for the first time, the judge may order you to perform between 48-96 hours of community service. The next time that you are convicted of DUI, the maximum number of hours that you can be sentenced to is increased to 120. Your time is valuable, so this 24 hour increase in potential community service hours is nothing to take lightly.

 

License Suspension

Anyone who is convicted of DUI is considered a high-risk driver. As a penalty for putting others’ lives in danger, the state will suspend your license after a conviction. If this is the first time that you have been convicted, your driver’s license could be suspended for up to nine months. However, if this is the second time that you have been convicted, you could be stuck with a suspended license for up to one year.

 

If you are arrested and charged with DUI, seek legal representation from the Law Office of John Buckley right away. Our attorneys work tirelessly to defend your rights and ensure you receive the best legal representation possible. Contact John L. Buckley as soon as possible to schedule a legal consultation regarding your case.

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Denver Criminal Lawyer Reveals Labor Day Weekend DUI Arrests


September 20, 2017

People often celebrate Labor Day by kicking back and enjoying a few alcoholic beverages with friends and family. Law enforcement officers know that people like to drink alcohol during Labor Day weekend, which is why they are out on the roads looking for drunk drivers every year when this holiday rolls around. This year was no exception. According to a recently released report, there are hundreds of people that may be in need of a Denver criminal lawyer after being arrested for DUI over the Labor Day weekend.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) launched its The Heat is On Labor Day DUI enforcement campaign on August 18th. The campaign concluded on September 5th, the day after Labor Day, and the results were recently released to the public. CDOT revealed that 1184 intoxicated drivers were cited by law enforcement officers between August 18th-September 5th. This is a 22.8% increase over last year’s 964 DUI arrests during the same time period.

Just a few months ago, CDOT announced that there was a 19.8% increase in DUI arrests over Fourth of July weekend compared to last year. Based on these two reports, it is clear that either more people are driving while under the influence or law enforcement is being more aggressive in its pursuit of DUI arrests. Read DUI arrests rise over Independence Day weekend.  

The nearly 1200 drivers were cited all over the state of the Colorado, but many of them were in the Denver area. In fact, the Denver Police Department was responsible for 88 of the arrests, which was the third highest total among all 121 law enforcement agencies that participated in the campaign. The highest number of arrests were made by the Colorado Springs Police Department followed by the Aurora Police Department, with 106 and 93 arrests, respectively.

Labor Day may be over now, but don’t make the mistake of assuming that it’s safe to drive while intoxicated now that the holiday weekend is behind us. CDOT—along with the Colorado State Patrol—have already launched another DUI enforcement campaign that began on September 15th known as the Fall Festivals DUI campaign. This campaign was established to target people who drive home drunk after attending a football game, tailgating party, or music festival, three types of events that are popular during this time of year. Nearly 1,500 drivers were arrested during this campaign last year, so the law enforcement agencies in the state expect to see high numbers again during this year’s campaign.

The law enforcement agencies in Colorado have made it very clear that they are always on the road looking for drunk drivers. If you are arrested and charged with DUI, it’s in your best interest to seek legal representation from the Law Office of John Buckley right away. Our criminal defense attorneys will work tirelessly to defend your rights and ensure you receive the best legal representation possible. Contact John L. Buckley as soon as possible to schedule a legal consultation regarding your DUI case.
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