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Denver Criminal Lawyer Answers Common Questions About DUI Convictions

October 17, 2018

Getting a DUI is serious, but if it’s your first conviction, you likely have a few questions about what the charges mean. An experienced Denver criminal defense attorney will help you represent your case in court, but it’s still important that you understand the charges, what they mean, and what a conviction could do to your personal life. Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions about DUI charges. 

What does it take to earn a DUI in Colorado?

In Colorado, the two most common causes of a DUI conviction come from alcohol and marijuana use. Drivers pulled over who exhibit any signs of being high behind the wheel who then have THC levels of 5 nanograms or more in their systems as shown by a blood test, can be charged with a DUI. For drivers under the influence of alcohol, a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.05 percent is enough to result in a criminal charge. Keep in mind that DUIs can arise from any drug or substance that alters your ability to drive.

What if I got a DUI due to prescription drugs?

Even if you were given a prescription, you can still be charged with a DUI. If your ability to drive is diminished by the drugs or you’re found to be over the legal limit when you’re pulled over, the state is permitted to charge you with a DUI. 

Can I lose my license if I’m convicted?

A successful DUI conviction can lead to the suspension of your license, an increase in auto insurance premiums, and hefty fines. The length of license suspension will depend on the severity of the charges against you and the number of offenses on your record. As a condition of having your license reinstated, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device that tests your breath for alcohol anytime you get behind the wheel. 

I know I’m guilty. Do I really need an attorney?

It’s always a good idea to work with an experienced attorney if you’re facing DUI charges, even if you plan on pleading guilty. Attorneys understand the legal system and may be able to help negotiate a lower sentence or fine. Even if you think you don’t need an attorney, schedule a consultation. They’ll be able to advise you on the best way to navigate the legal system, give insight into what to expect during your trial, and prepare you to present your case to the court. 

Is there any way to beat a DUI charge?

With DUIs, the best way to beat a charge is not to get one in the first place. If you’re out with friends and feel like driving might not be the best idea, don’t get behind the wheel. Grab a ride from a friend, call a cab, or use a ride-share app to make sure you get home safely. Just let the staff at the bar or restaurant know that you need to leave your car. They’d rather have you pick it up the next day than drive drunk or tipsy.  However, if you have been charged, an experienced DUI defense attorney will explore all of the evidence against you and offer the best opportunity to defend against the charges.

Have you been charged with a DUI? Contact The Law Office of John L. Buckley, P.C. and schedule a free consultation with our legal team.