Colorado DWAI Defense Lawyers

Charged with Driving While Ability Impaired?

At Feldmann Nagel Cantafio Margulis, PLLC, our criminal lawyers provide defenses for all types of DUI and drunk-driving charges. We defend both the criminal aspect of DUI cases as well as any necessary hearings before the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) related to driver's license suspension or revocation.

Our experienced Colorado DWAI defense attorneys believe that every person accused of a crime deserves a strong defense. Even more importantly, every person accused of a crime deserves a second chance - and has the right to be treated fairly by the criminal justice system.

Our criminal defense attorneys include lawyers with long-term experience working as criminal prosecutors for the state and the military. Experience on both sides of the courtroom aisle helps us better protect our clients.

Basic Information about DWAI Vs. DUI Charges in Colorado

  • 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: 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.

We represent clients facing both misdemeanor and felony DUI charges, and immediate appointments are available. To make a confidential appointment at any one of our offices, contact our firm today.

Have you been arrested on DWAI charges? Immediately contact us for skilled legal help.