Let Us Help You Through the Colorado DUI Process
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, 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 Colorado 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, 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 attorney may seek to suppress evidence, such as test results or arrest records. If an agreement cannot be reached, your DUI 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, contact the team at Fife Luneau, P.C. for a FREE consultation: (720) 408-7130.
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CBS4 Investigates Aurora Police Dash Cams: Officer Calls Device ‘A Big Paperweight’In the NewsCharles Fife, a criminal defense attorney, told CBS4 the inoperable dash cameras were actually backfiring, and allowing some suspected drunk drivers to go free. He cited the case of Lydale Richard, 45, who was pulled over by Aurora Officer Ryan Marker May 29, 2016.
Pot Bus Operator Headed For Showdown With DenverIn the News"There was not a legal basis to pull [the bus driver] over because he didn't commit a traffic violation," said Charles Fife, the defense attorney who represents the driver of the bus.
Judge: State Health Department ‘Created Evidence That Is Not Accurate’In the NewsDanny Luneau said, “The judge said the certificate is a violation of due process. Without the certificate it will be difficult for the breath result to be admissible in trial. I think it’s highly likely the Judge’s ruling will be appealed by the prosecution as it opens a floodgate of problems.”
Evidence in Thousands of Colorado DUI Cases Could Be Thrown outIn the NewsDefense Attorney Danny Luneau comments, "It's an enormous mess and the department of health really created a problem for themselves and for the court system."
Our Team Is Here to Help
Fife Luneau, P.C. is one of the most respected law firms when it comes to DUI and criminal related cases. We have a remarkable track record up and down the Front Range, successfully handling some of the most complex cases. Our experience can help you protect your future, freedom and reputation.