Denver DUI Defense Strategies
Aggressive DUI Defense for Colorado DUI Cases
DUI (called DWI or OWI in a few states) is the misdemeanor or felony crime of driving a vehicle (including a boat or motorcycle) under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Colorado also has a more serious drunk driving charge called “aggravated DUI” or “extreme DUI,” for drivers with a blood alcohol level above .17.
Colorado DUI Law
In every state, the “legal limit” is now .08, but that can be misleading:
- .08 is the level at which you are presumed to be under the influence. It is not the highest level at which you can legally drive.
- A person whose blood alcohol content (BAC) is lower than .08 can still be charged with a DUI. For example, Colorado has separate laws regarding drivers under age 21. They can be charged with DUI at a much lower BAC.
- Colorado allows a DUI conviction at a BAC lower than .08 if the person shows other signs of impairment.
- Commercial drivers can be charged with driving under the influence at a lower BAC than someone operating a personal vehicle.
Dedicated DUI Defense
A drunk driving conviction is no simple matter. It can carry serious penalties and the true costs of a DUI conviction will only be apparent over time. Whether it’s your first DUI charge or you’ve had prior DUI convictions, you need a strong defense.
The DUI defense attorneys at The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal focus on DUI law. Attorney Rosenthal has been admitted to the National College for DUI Defense, the only DUI certification program recognized by the American Bar Association. For skilled DUI representation, contact The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal today.
Fighting a Drunk Driving Charge
Every DUI case is different. You DUI defense lawyer will identify the weak points in the charges against you and tell you how he intends to challenge the case against you, or at least negotiate a favorable plea agreement.
For example, suppose your test shows a BAC of .16 — twice the level required to establish legal drunkenness. If your lawyer can get the arresting officer to concede that you were not staggering or slurring your speech, we can argue that the blood alcohol test results had to be wrong because you showed no signs of intoxication.
On the other hand, if your BAC was relatively low, but the officer testifies that you showed considerable signs of intoxication at the time of your DUI arrest, we can suggest that the arresting officer was exaggerating because his testimony contradicts the test results.
Even if we can’t get the charges dismissed or achieve a not guilty verdict at trial, we may still be able to limit the damage by getting a reduced penalty. Plea bargaining is an agreement between you and the State in which the charges against you are dismissed in exchange for your guilty plea to a lesser charge or for a lesser sentence. For example, many prosecutors will drop a DUI charge down to a lesser offense if it’s your first DUI and you agree to plead guilty.
When you’ve got a strong, effective defense, you’ve got options. For a free consultation with The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal, call (303) 573-0543 or contact the firm online.
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The DUI/DWAI defense lawyers of The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal defend the rights of people arrested for drinking and driving in Denver, Colorado. Our legal team represents clients in Boulder, Golden, Brighton, Littleton, Aurora, Lakewood, Englewood, Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Thornton, Westminster, and Superior. We practice in Denver, Jefferson, Douglass, Arapahoe, Adams, and Summit counties, and all across the Front Range and Denver Tech Center.
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