Elite Criminal Defense Attorneys in Colorado Helping to Protect Your Rights
At Fife Luneau, P.C., our role is to guide you through every aspect of your Colorado DUI case, no matter how challenging it may be. It is important to realize the weight of the penalties you are facing, including jail time, license suspension, fines, and a permanent impact on your job and reputation. When you work with our firm, we will fight aggressively on your behalf, making sure your rights are protected.
At Fife Luneau, we handle all types of DUI matters in Colorado, including:
- Felony DUI charges
- Commercial license DUI
- Arrests at DUI checkpoints
- Driving with a suspended license
- License suspension hearings
- DUI involving drugs
We are proud to say that we are one of the most successful DUI firms in Denver. There are few things more frightening than being arrested for a DUI charge; should you choose to work with Fife Luneau, P.C., you can trust that we will work tirelessly to secure the best possible outcome on your behalf.
We are available 24/7. Contact our firm today at (720) 408-7130.
What Happens If I'm Charged with DUI in Colorado?
If you are reading this, you have likely already been arrested and given a citation for driving under the influence. However, don’t skip this section just yet. The manner in which police arrested and charged you could be critical in your case, especially if law enforcement violated proper protocol.
If you are arrested for DUI in Denver & Colorado, you will be forced to choose between:
- Taking a blood test
- Taking a breath test
- Refusing to take either test
If you refuse to take a test, you will automatically be charged with DUI and your license will be revoked. However, if you do submit to chemical testing and your test results show that your blood alcohol content (BAC) is above the legal limit, you will still be charged with DUI and left without a license. Read about recent successes regarding DUI breath tests.
Express Consent Hearing
As previously stated, refusal to submit to chemical testing will result in the automatic suspension of your driver’s license. However, there is a way to contest this suspension: an express consent hearing. These hearings are conducted at your local DMV and must be requested within 7 days of your arrest.
Hearings typically occur within 60 days of your request. Once approved for a hearing, the DMV will send you a notice of your hearing. If you have an experienced DUI lawyer in Denver on your side, they may be able to go to this hearing on your behalf and help you regain use of your driver’s license.
After being charged with DUI in Denver, you will receive a summons or citation telling you when and where you are expected to appear in court. At this hearing, you will be officially arraigned of the charges you are facing and made aware of the punishments you may receive if convicted. Do not skip this hearing.
If you do (or you fail to appear for any other reason), the court will issue an arrest warrant and your license will be suspended until related court fees have been paid and your arrest warrant has been cleared. You must receive official approval in order for your arraignment date to be vacated.
Once you have been arraigned, your legal representative will meet with the prosecution (usually the district attorney) to go over your case. This usually happens several times, and additional negotiations may need to take place as new information comes to light regarding your case. It is during these conferences that your defense attorney will work to come up with a plea deal, if applicable.
Motions Hearings, Trial by Jury & Sentencing
Once the district attorney has filed motions against you, litigation begins and both sides present their arguments before a judge. It is at this phase that your DUI attorney may seek to suppress evidence, such as test results or arrest records. If an agreement cannot be reached, your case may move to trial.
This phase may involve witnesses, cross-examination, and extensive argumentation in court, depending on the severity of your case. After hearing your case and taking into account the views of the jury, the judge will decide whether your conviction is merited and how your sentence will be carried out.
We Are Passionate About Defending Your Rights
In some cases, law enforcement will rush to arrest individuals for driving under the influence without following the proper protocol. As a result, people accused of DUI are subjected to punishments they do not deserve due to failures in the criminal justice system or unfair practices by law enforcement.
However, at Fife Luneau, P.C., we believe that all people are innocent until proven guilty – not the other way around. Without someone to stand between you and the courts, you are likely to punished more harshly than necessary, even if you aren’t guilty of the crime in question. However, with our firm on your side, you may be able to get your penalties reduced or have your case dismissed completely.
Remember that time is of the essence. If you’ve been arrested for DUI in Colorado, contact the team at Fife Luneau, P.C. for a FREE consultation with a Colorado drunk driving attorney: (720) 408-7130.
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