If you’ve been arrested for driving under the influence in Colorado, you may be uncertain as to what you should expect. Many people who have never been in trouble with the law before don’t understand what happens after a DUI arrest. In fact, even people who have prior DUIs on their record are still surprised by some aspects of a DUI case. According to Denver criminal defense attorney John Buckley, here are some little known facts about DUI cases:
There are different legal limits.
Most people know the legal limit is 0.08%, which means you can be arrested for driving under the influence if you test for anything higher than this limit. But, that’s not the only limit that exists in the state of Colorado. If your blood alcohol is between 0.05% and 0.079, you might be arrested for driving while ability impaired. If you are under the age of 21, the legal limit drops down to 0.02%. If you’re a commercial driver, you are also held to different standards. Commercial drivers have a legal limit of 0.04% and will face penalties, including a suspended license, if they test higher than this limit. Learn more about a suspended CDL in Colorado
Your license may be suspended.
Besides the criminal charges that you face, you will also have to fight license suspension outside of court. You have seven days after an arrest to request an administrative hearing with the DMV to plead your case. If you do not request this hearing, your license will be automatically suspended. It will also be suspended if the judge who oversees the court does not side with you during the hearing. This is done completely separate from criminal court, so it can be stressful to handle both cases on your own. That’s why it’s important to contact an attorney who has experience representing clients in both parts of a DUI case.
Your DUI is public knowledge.
You may want to pretend your DUI never happened, but once you are arrested, it becomes public knowledge. In fact, you may begin to receive mail from different attorneys who specialize in DUI cases immediately after your arrest. Many people are unaware that this information is public, so receiving this type of mail can come as quite the surprise.
Your license is not automatically reinstated.
If your license is suspended, you shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking it is automatically reinstated after a certain period of time has passed. You are required to fill out an Application for Reinstatement, pay a reinstatement fee, and show proof of insurance when the time comes for you to get back on the road.
An attorney can help you prepare for the unexpected in a DUI case. The Law Office of John Buckley can assist you with every aspect of your legal case beginning immediately after your arrest. We work tirelessly to defend your rights and ensure our clients receive the best representation possible. Our team is standing by to begin working on your case, but first you have to make the call. Contact John L. Buckley
today to schedule a legal consultation.