Felony DUI Defense Lawyer in Denver
Arrested for DUI in Colorado? Our Firm is Ready to Help!
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), it is crucial that you take immediate action, especially when it comes to a felony DUI. A felony DUI conviction can have lasting consequences on your life, affecting your ability to find employment and housing, as well as the ability to obtain professional licenses and permits. Even after your case has concluded, a felony DUI conviction can follow you for years to come, negatively impacting your ability to obtain loans and even travel outside of the United States.
At Orr Law Firm, our Denver felony DUI defense attorneys can help you fight your DUI charges and protect your rights. Our attorneys are former prosecutors who are well-versed in the prosecution's strategy and can help you find the best way to counter it. We understand how stressful a DUI charge can be, but we will work hard to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your case.
Schedule your free consultation with our Denver felony DUI lawyers by calling (303) 747-4247 today!
Types of Felony DUI in Colorado
In Colorado, driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense, and under certain circumstances, it can be charged as a felony. Felony DUI charges are typically reserved for repeat offenders or cases involving aggravating factors.
There are several types of felony DUI charges in Colorado, including the following:
- Fourth or Subsequent DUI Offense: If a person is convicted of a fourth or subsequent DUI offense within their lifetime, it is considered a felony. Each prior DUI conviction, regardless of the jurisdiction, counts towards this lifetime lookback period.
- DUI with Prior Felony DUI Conviction: If a person has been previously convicted of a felony DUI offense, any subsequent DUI offense will also be charged as a felony. This applies even if the subsequent DUI would have otherwise been a misdemeanor.
- DUI with Injury: If a person operates a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and causes an accident resulting in serious bodily injury to another person, they can be charged with a felony DUI. Serious bodily injury is typically defined as an injury that poses a substantial risk of death, causes serious permanent disfigurement, or results in long-term impairment of bodily functions.
- Vehicular Homicide/DUI Manslaughter: If a person operates a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and causes an accident resulting in the death of another person, they can be charged with vehicular homicide or DUI manslaughter. These charges are felonies and carry severe penalties.
Challenging Your DUI Arrest
In Colorado, a DUI arrest is based on probable cause. This means that the police officer must have probable cause to believe that you were driving under the influence in order to make an arrest.
There are a number of ways that our Denver felony DUI attorneys can challenge your DUI arrest, including:
- Challenging the validity of the field sobriety tests. Field sobriety tests, such as the walk and turn test, one-leg stand test, and the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, are designed to determine if a driver is too impaired to drive. These tests are not foolproof, and an experienced Denver felony DUI lawyer can help you identify any mistakes that the police officer made during the administration of these tests.
- Challenging the results of the chemical test. Chemical tests, such as breathalyzer tests and blood tests, are administered to determine the level of alcohol or drugs in a driver's system. These tests are not foolproof, and an experienced Denver felony DUI attorney can help you identify any mistakes that the police officer made during the administration of these tests.
- Challenging the validity of the implied consent notice. If you are arrested for a felony DUI in Colorado, you will be required to submit to a chemical test to determine the level of alcohol or drugs in your system. You will be considered to have consented to these tests by driving on Colorado roads. However, the police officer must read you an implied consent notice before administering a chemical test. This notice must include information such as the consequences of refusing to submit to a chemical test and your right to consult with an attorney before submitting to the test.
- Challenging the validity of the search warrant. If the police officer arrests you for a DUI in Colorado, he or she will search your vehicle for evidence of DUI. The police officer must have probable cause to search your vehicle. An experienced Denver felony DUI lawyer can help you identify any mistakes that the police officer made during the search of your vehicle.
If you have been arrested for a felony DUI in Colorado, you need an experienced Denver felony DUI defense attorney who can help you challenge your arrest and protect your rights.