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Know Colorado’s Laws & Statutes Related to DUI

Important information from a respected DUI defense law firm

After being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Colorado, it’s important that you familiarize yourself with the statutes pertaining to your case and your rights under the law. At The Orr Law Firm in Denver, our DUI defense attorneys have the knowledge, experience and training to keep you informed every step of the way, answering your questions and explaining exactly how the law applies to your case.

Our Denver DUI lawyers are known for their extensive level of training, high level of competence and dedication to our field—in fact, we focus our practice on DUI defense and rarely take cases in any other legal area.

Being informed is the key to your case

DUI law in Colorado is complex, so you should begin understanding relevant state statutes and your legal rights as soon as possible after an arrest. This information will be critical as you move through the criminal justice system in the days, weeks and months to come. Law enforcement officers and prosecutors can be relentless in their targeting of individuals they suspect of DUI or driving while ability impaired (DWAI), so regardless of your level of comprehension, you need professional legal support to ensure the best possible outcome to your case.

Types of charges

State law includes the policy of express consent, which means that you expressly consent to take a breath or blood test if a police officer suspects you have been operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol. If the officer believes all or part of your impairment is due to drugs, you have expressly consented to submitting to a test of your blood.

The following pages provide further information on different types of drunk driving-related or drugged driving-related charges and issues you might face in Colorado:

  • DUI: This is the most serious type of misdemeanor traffic offense and involves a motorist with a blood alcohol content (BAC) above .08 percent operating a vehicle. DUI convictions come with serious penalties, even for first time offenders who have never been arrested in the past.
  • DWAI: These charges result when officers believe that a driver is operating a vehicle at a lessened mental or physical capacity due to drug or alcohol use. Motorists do not have to register a BAC above .08 percent to be arrested for DWAI. If the officer has probable cause to believe you are impaired to the slightest degree, you can be charged with DWAI.
  • DUID: Driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) is illegal in Colorado and has been a key focus of law enforcement agencies since the legalization of recreational marijuana in our state. DUID charges may also involve legal drugs, such as prescription medications, that cause drowsiness or other impairments.
  • UDD: As alcohol consumption is illegal for people under the age of 21, the state operates on a zero tolerance policy when it comes to underage drivers with alcohol in their system. Police can arrest a minor for UDD if his or her BAC is as low as .02 percent. If an officer has probable cause to believe a minor has consumed alcohol, they will likely arrest them and require them to submit to a chemical test of their blood or breath.
  • DUI penalties: Some of the possible DUI penalties include up to a year incarceration, large fines, a suspended driver’s license, alcohol education and therapy, community service, a MADD Victim Impact Panel, monitored sobriety, probation and the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) in your vehicle.

Learn more by working with a Denver DUI defense lawyer

If you have further questions or face charges related to DUI or DWAI in Denver or elsewhere in Colorado, consult the defense attorneys at The Orr Law Firm. You can reach our team by calling (303) 818-2448 or by contacting us online.

We offer free initial evaluations and are known for our passion for defending our clients’ rights!

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