Return To Blog

Appellate Court Judge arrested for DUI

I've said it before and will continue to say it...anyone can get accused of a DUI.  People often have a preconceived notion that only "drunks" get accused of drunk driving.  While someone who is an alcoholic certainly has an increased risk of being charged with DUI, people from all walks of life find themselves in this unfortunate situation.

Aside from the work necessary to prevent recidivism, what often separates DUI defendants is their behavior during their encounter with law enforcement.  Here is a story of an appellate court judge who, once she realized she was going to be arrested, she played the "judge" card in the hopes that she would garner special treatment.  In my experience as a DUI attorney in Denver, Colorado, such cards rarely present a winning hand.  While this judge enjoys the presumption of innocence just like anyone accused of a crime, the fact that she attempted to get out of her DUI arrest by means of her position is a tactic that will likely backfire in front of a jury.