Colorado Springs DUI Defense Attorney
Pulled Over On Suspicion of DUI
Colorado police officers are trained to watch drivers in a certain way. One of the things officers look for while they're on the roads are signs that a driver is not entirely in control of the vehicle, which may indicate that the driver is driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or driving while their ability is impaired by alcohol (DWAI), both of which are prohibited by state law. If you are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, it may be because the officer observed any of the following behaviors.
Some things officers look for:
- Problems staying in the lane
- Problems maintaining a consistent speed
- Problems with braking
- Problems making important driving decisions
- Vehicle violations
Under state law, police are expected to have probable cause to stop a vehicle if they suspect its driver is intoxicated or has committed another crime or vehicle violation. Probable cause can be based on any number of things the officer observes, but it cannot be made up after the fact.
Drunk Driving Arrest
Police officers often receive training in how to perform an arrest on drivers they believe are driving drunk, whether it's driving while one's ability is impaired (DWAI) or driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). The process of a DUI arrest is often based on the skills and information an officer learns or remembers from this training.
When an arrest for DUI or DWAI occurs, the driver may be taken to jail until they can be taken to see a judge. The Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles is also informed of the arrest, and the offender's driver's license is usually suspended. The driver may have to pay a fee and provide proof of insurance coverage before they can get their license back, even if the driver is never actually convicted of drunk driving.
The drunk driving arrest is often the event from which all the evidence used to convict a driver of DUI is taken. Therefore, contacting an experienced attorney is invaluable in helping any driver build an aggressive defense against DUI or DWAI charges.
Have You Been Charged with a DUI?
Often, people charged with DUI / DWAI / DWI and other traffic violations are unaware of all the options and rights they have as a defendant. It is a common misconception that getting a DUI means that you will have to pay expensive Colorado DUI fines and you will lose your license, when in fact it is possible under Colorado law for you to do things such as getting a temporary license for the purpose of driving to work.
Furthermore, if your breathalyzer/intoxilyzer test showed a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .05 - .079, a DUI can often be plead down to the less serious offense of driving while ability impaired (DWAI). Conviction for DWAI means a lighter sentence, smaller fines than a DUI, and you can get your license back earlier than with a DUI conviction. The problem is that few unrepresented people know about the inner workings of DUI laws or fines, so they end up accepting punishments that they wouldn't have to if an experienced Colorado Springs DUI lawyer, knowledgeable about Colorado DUI laws, was looking out for them.
Whether you are a first time offender, or have been previously cited for violation of Colorado DUI laws on numerous occasions, Timothy Bussey is a DUI defense attorney who will work tirelessly to pursue every defense available to you in order to reduce the Colorado DUI fines you have to pay. He has successfully challenged the constitutionality of sobriety and DUI checkpoints and field sobriety tests based upon an illegal stop.
Know Your Rights Under Colorado DUI Laws
This is why The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. stresses the importance of personalized service and client accessibility so that we can help educate clients so that they can make informed decisions that are in their best interests when they are faced with DUI fines. Once you are represented by an attorney, Colorado DUI laws require that authorities can only talk to you through your attorney---this means you won't be taken advantage of simply because you don't know all the facts.
Contact Timothy Bussey now for a free initial consultation. We will do everything possible to protect your license and minimize Colorado DUI fines and soften the impact a DUI/DWAI charge has on your life.