Colorado DUI Lawyers
Being arrested and charged for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs can threaten your freedom and future. After an arrest, it's important to remain calm and consider how to best defend yourself against the serious criminal charges and penalties you face.
At Feldmann Nagel Cantafio PLLC, our experienced Denver area DUI attorneys fight aggressively on behalf of clients facing DUI allegations – and we fight to secure the best possible results.
Time is of the essence! Contact Our Colorado DUI Attorneys for a Consultation Today!
If you or someone you love has recently been arrested and charged for DUI, it is important to act fast and seek the help of experienced lawyers. During the initial stages of your case, a lawyer from our firm can help explain your rights, what to expect, and how we can guide you step by step through your legal journey. Because Colorado DUI cases involve two separate DUI proceedings – criminal cases and DMV hearings – our DUI attorneys are prepared to assist you during both:
- Criminal Cases – Criminal proceedings concern whether or not a motorist is guilty of a criminal offense for driving under the influence. Criminal cases are separate from DMV hearings and determine what penalties – if any – a defendant will face upon conviction, including fines, imprisonment, probation, and others.
- DMV Hearings – Administrative hearings with the DMV concern only a motorist's driving privileges. These hearings must be requested within 7 days after an arrest – the sooner the better – and are overseen by a DMV employee, who makes a final recommendation regarding license suspension or revocation.
Feldmann Nagel Cantafio PLLC handles the full range of DUI cases and issues, including:
DWAI Vs. DUI Charges in Colorado
In Colorado, there are two different charges that a driver who has failed a field sobriety test can face: Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) and Driving Under the Influence (DUI). You may be charged with be DWAI if your blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) is found to be 0.05 or higher. you may be charged with DUI if your BAC is 0.08 or higher.
Although the penalties for DUI are more severe, both have serious consequences, and it is vital that you make full use of your right to mount a defense.
- Driving While Ability-Impaired (DWAI): Colorado has a separate charge that can be filed against a person who tests with a blood alcohol content (BAC) in excess of 0.05%. Although the DWAI charge carries lighter penalties than a DUI charge, these are still criminal charges that should be taken seriously. A conviction for a DWAI, DUI, or DUI per se is a "major traffic violation" for purposes of being classified as a Habitual Traffic Offender by the DMV.
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI): This charge is brought when the driver of a motor vehicle (car, motorcycle, etc.) is significantly incapable of operating that motor vehicle safely, regardless of how low the driver's BAC is. Conviction of a DUI carries the likelihood of driver's license suspension, criminal fines, required driver-education courses, and even the possibility of jail time.
Ignition Interlock Device (IID)
Early in 2009, Colorado enacted a new law that allows a driver convicted
of a first DUI or DWAI to end a driver's license suspension early by agreeing
to place an ignition interlock device on his or her vehicle
/s. An ignition interlock device is an alcohol-testing device that prevents
operation of the vehicle if the driver does not "blow sober."
Driver's License Suspension Hearings in Colorado
Your driver's license will be automatically suspended upon receiving a DUI citation. Drivers have seven days to request a hearing with the Colorado DMV to determine whether the license will be suspended for a longer period of time.
Contact a Colorado criminal lawyer today
Our experienced DUI defense attorneys in Denver, Vail, Boulder, and Steamboat
Springs believe that every person accused of a crime deserves a strong
defense and a second chance. Our firm has long-term experience working as
a criminal prosecutors for the state or for the military. Experience on
both sides of the courtroom aisle helps us better protect our clients.
Contact us today to make a confidential appointment.