Get Help with DUI or DWAI in Colorado
Representation from a Colorado Criminal Defense Attorney
Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can seriously inhibit
your ability to operate your vehicle safely, and is thus prohibited by
Colorado law, a charge known as Driving Under the Influence (DUI), or
Driving While Ability is Impaired (DWAI). The legal limit for drivers
over the age of 21 is .08% for a DUI, and .05% for DWAI.
When you are charged with either DUI or DWAI, it is important that you
You have only seven days to request a hearing with the Colorado Division
of Motor Vehicles after your arrest, and this hearing will determine whether you are able to keep your driving
privileges or face the full penalties of the law. Therefore it is vital
that you retain the services of a skilled Colorado criminal defense lawyer
to represent you in the legal process. At
The O’Connell Law Firm, P.C., we have assisted numerous clients with their DUI and DWAI charges, and
provided reputable legal counsel and representation in hearings to give
our clients the best possible chance at a successful outcome.
Call The O’Connell Law Firm, P.C. today by dialing (303) 759-4000
and requesting a
free consultation for your case!
Penalties for a DUI/DWAI
The penalties for a DUI or DWAI are a serious matter and could leave a
lasting impact on your life and family. This is also where the biggest
difference between the two charges can be found: DWAI carries lighter
penalties than DUI due to the reduced blood alcohol requirement in order
to be charged.
Penalties for a first-offense DUI/DWAI can include:
- Jail time: DWAI – up to 180 days; DUI – up to one year
- Fines: DWAI – up to $500; DUI – Up to $1,000
- License suspension: none for DWAI; DUI – nine months
- Possible ignition interlock device installation for repeat offenders
It is important to note that unlike other states, Colorado does
not have a look-back period, meaning any previous DUI or DWAI convictions
will be considered for repeat offender status. Penalties for any repeat
offender increase significantly, and can see you face jail sentences of
a year or more.
We may be able to assist you with the following DUI/DWAI questions:
- Hearing representation
- Suspended licenses
- Temporary restricted licenses
- Field sobriety tests
- Repeat offenders
- Marijuana DUI charges
- Felony DUI
Do not delay if you have been charged with DWAI or DUI, retain reputable
representation from The O’Connell Law Firm by
contacting our firm today!