This last weekend, everyone in Colorado Springs and in the Denver metro area celebrated the coming of the new year. As with any New Year’s holiday, most people chose to ring in the new year by drinking with their friends and having a good night. Unfortunately, after all of the parties die down and it is time to go home, people think they are sober enough to drive. In most cases and as the Colorado Springs Highway Patrol officers have found out, they are not sobered up yet.
Police officers in Colorado Springs and the surrounding cities were on the look out last Saturday for anyone driving under the influence. If you drove on Interstate 25, you were certain to see police officers lining the side of the road, waiting to pull over anyone exhibiting suspicious driving behavior. It has been reported that police officers in Colorado Springs make the most DUI arrests over the holidays of New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day due to the drinking activities that take place on those holidays. People go out with their friends looking to have a good time and then attempt to drive home while being intoxicated. Their poor driving behaviors start by swerving a little here and there and then they end up either colliding with another vehicle or colliding with the guard rail on the side of the freeway. Police attempt to curb this dangerous driving by having strict penalties and in most cases, jail time. Even with restrictions in place and the laws clearly announced to the public of Colorado Springs and surrounding cities, people still break the law and put themselves and others in danger.
If you are thinking that you can have a few drinks and attempt to drive, Colorado Springs DUI attorneys and police officers are asking you to exercise caution.
“Each year on New Year’s Eve, there are several kids (and adults) who drink with their friends and then skip between different parties or try to drive home while intoxicated. This creates a very dangerous atmosphere for our community and the laws should be held up to the highest standard. Not only are you guaranteed to be heavily fined and be put in jail for a certain time period, but you will have your license revoked and will have the charge on your record for a very long time. Although DUI cases help our law firm, we want the community to be safe and for those who decide to drink alcohol to do so in a responsible manner” – DUI Attorney, Colorado Springs
If you decided to drink and drive on New Year’s Eve and have received a DUI charge, contact a Colorado Springs DUI lawyer right away.
We recently posted about how to fight a driving under the influence charge in the state of Colorado. Although we covered some very key points, we would like to continue with the advice offered from Colorado Springs DUI attorneys. We have already noted that you should try to write down everything you can remember from the night you were charged with a DUI and that you should gather any and all paperwork relevant to the charge. Now, we would like to discuss how to request a hearing, determining whether to request an officer at the hearing and the best way to contact an experienced DUI attorney Colorado Springs trusts.
When you have been involved in a DUI charge, it is always a good idea to request a hearing at the Colorado Springs court. A hearing should be requested to discuss the revocation of your driver’s license. If you request a hearing and you do not hear back about anything within 90 days, you have a very good chance of having your license returned to you. If you refused to take a breathalyzer test because you believed you were innocent at the time of the DUI charge, you should also request a hearing. It is important to request this hearing within seven days of being issued a DUI charge or serving any jail time related to your DUI charge. Before requesting a hearing or going to the Colorado Springs DMV (department of motor vehicles), contact a competent attorney to help you out. They will make sure you have a strong case before you try to set up a hearing.
Once you have decided to have a hearing, you will need to decide if you want the officer who issued the DUI present in the courtroom. More often than not, requesting that the officer who issued the charge be present is not a good idea. Police officers who are present in the courtroom during a DUI hearing have historically been known to exaggerate the facts and supplement any information they may have forgotten to record at the time of the charge. The only time an officer should be present at the hearing is if there is a complete lack of evidence involved in your DUI case. If the officer does not have any evidence to incriminate you, the entire charge could be dismissed.
The final and most fundamental step of fighting a DUI charge is to pick a Colorado Springs DUI attorney who is competent, reliable and successful with DUI cases. You need to choose a DUI or criminal lawyer Colorado Springs trusts with a serious charge like a DUI charge.
When you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI), there are a few things you need to consider. Your first choice would be to hire a qualified and experienced DUI attorney who is in a city close to where you were arrested. You and your attorney will then work toward fighting your DUI case in a strategic manner.
When people have been arrested in Colorado Springs and charged with a DUI, they are very shaken up about the arrest. In most cases, people have only had a few a beers at a concert or they had one too many glasses of wine at dinner. Unfortunately, this is the kind of behavior that Colorado Springs police and Colorado Highway Patrol officers are keeping an eye one. Should you be arrested for a DUI, you need to gather all of the paperwork relevant to your arrest and provide it to your Colorado Springs DUI attorney. Your attorney will then fact check the paperwork for any errors or inconsistencies that can be used to defend your DUI case. You should also try to preserve any receipts or other paper documents you obtained earlier in the night that can prove you were not over the designated limit. These documents may include debit card receipts, credit card receipts, restaurant receipts or bar receipts. If the receipt can prove that you were not over the limit at the time of your arrest, your DUI charges have a chance of being dismissed. Additionally, a receipt from the tavern you were drinking at has the possibility to prove that the breathalyzer test issued by the police officer is inconsistent with how intoxicated you really were.
The next step your DUI attorney will advise you to do is to write down everything you can remember from the night you were arrested. Although this may be a difficult task, it will provide the best way for your attorney to attack the case. If you can remember something from the night of your arrest that is not consistent with what the police officer or Colorado Highway Patrol officer states, it could be a way for your attorney to better approach the case. Try to sit down with your attorney and write down anything and everything you can remember. Unfortunately, the police are trained to take notes on things that could be incriminating to you. If you and your Colorado Springs DUI attorney are able to prove something the officer said is wrong, you will have a better resolution to your case.
Colorado Springs DUI lawyers have more tips for you, so stay tuned!
When you have been involved in a DUI case, it is extremely important to have the best representation available. If you have been charged with a DUI anywhere in Colorado, you have to choose whether you will find a lawyer in Denver or in Colorado Springs. Although Denver is a larger metropolitan area than Colorado Springs, you will likely not get as much specialized attention. In a smaller city like Colorado Springs, any attorney who represents you will be better able to provide you with the attention your case needs.
I was involved in a DUI case last March when I was driving from Colorado Springs to Thornton, Colorado. I had a few too many drinks earlier in the night and I was pulled over for swerving too much. I was driving on Interstate 25 and I was apparently tailing other vehicles and swerving into other lanes. The police officer pulled me over and administered a DUI test. Once it was determined that I was driving under the influence, the police officer arrested me and took me to jail for the night.
My husband was able to post bail for me and then I knew the next step was finding a reliable DUI attorney in Denver or in Colorado Springs. I immediately decided to look for an attorney in Denver because I believed a Denver DUI attorney would be more experienced than one in Colorado Springs. I met with four different Denver DUI attorneys and quickly found out I was not going to get the best representation. It seemed as if each attorney had about 200 clients and was not going to provide me with enough attention. Additionally, each Denver attorney had outrageous fees for taking on my case.
I decided to contact a Colorado Springs DUI attorney to take my case. I quickly found out that the attorney would be able to offer me his time at a very affordable rate. The attorney I chose immediately began working on my case and provided me with the best representation. On the day of my court date, my attorney was able to reduce my DUI fines and keep me out of jail. At the end of my case, my license was revoked for six months and I had a small fine to pay. I was very happy with my choice to contact Colorado Springs DUI lawyers. – Linda Blakely
When you have been charged with a DUI, contact a DUI attorney Colorado Springs knows will help your case.
The Colorado Highway Patrol and Colorado Springs police are much more strict about DUI charges during the holiday season. Every year, the Colorado Springs police see the number of drunk drivers rise and they would like to do anything possible to curve the number of people driving illegally, even if that means harsher penalties, fines or even jail time.
We spoke with Jeremy Brenner, a resident of Colorado Springs, who recently received a DUI charge following a family trip over Thanksgiving. For the knowledge of other people who may be thinking about drinking and driving, Jeremy has asked us to share his story here.
Every year, my girlfriend and I drive up to Greeley to have Thanksgiving dinner with my mother and father-in-law. My entire family gathers for the meal, to watch football and to a have a few drinks afterward. Unfortunately, a few drinks turned into too many drinks this year. I was having a few beers with my brothers throughout the day and we decided to keep drinking into the evening. I knew I was pretty close to my limit, but I figured my girlfriend could drive us back to the Springs if I actually got too intoxicated. Little did I know, my girlfriend was upstairs the entire time drinking wine with my mother.
When we both got ready to drive home, I asked her to drive. She explained to me that she was not feeling at her best and that I should. I told her I was a little intoxicated, but I felt I could handle the drive. My mother offered to have us stay with her for the night, but we both felt we could make the two hour drive back to Colorado Springs.
We headed for Interstate 25 and began our trek home. I was doing fine at first, but noticed my usual level of coordination was not there. I was swerving quite a bit and was worried about my driving the closer we got to Colorado Springs. We were able to make it past downtown Denver, but then I was pulled over close to home. It was a very embarrassing ordeal and I was fined $1,500 for it, even after contacting a Colorado Springs DUI attorney. Looking back on the situation, I wish we would have just stayed in Greeley and avoided this entirely. – Jeremy Brenner
If you find yourself in a similar situation as Jeremy, please do not attempt to drive. If you choose to drink and drive, you could be pulled over, be arrested, endanger other people and have to pay for a Colorado Springs DUI attorney to get involved. A Colorado Springs DUI is a serious offense and will be fully enforced by the law. We hope this helps you if you are thinking about drinking and driving!
Attorneys are beginning to see more cases where someone was pulled over for speeding and then the officer accused them for driving under the influence. If you have been in this situation, but you were not driving under the influence, you need to contact an attorney right away.
James Brower of Castle Rock, Colorado was visiting a friend in Colorado Springs back in July of 2011. Once he was done visiting his friend, he decided to drive home via Interstate-25. Interstate-25 has a strict speed limit of 65 miles per hour wherever construction is not being performed. James was not paying close attention to his speed limit and accidentally sped up to 78 miles per hour. He passed a Colorado Springs highway patrol officer on the side of the road and quickly reduced his speed, as many people do who pass a police car. Unfortunately, the officer followed him for about a mile and then pulled him over.
The officer began going through the motions by collecting James’ license and his registration information. The officer sat in his patrol car for about 10 minutes before returning to the car. The officer informed James of him breaking the speed limit and told him he would have to write a ticket. At that point, James understood that he was only being charged for speeding. The officer then asked James to get out of his vehicle and accused him of driving under the influence.
“I was only speeding and I didn’t have anything to drink the entire night,” James remembers. The officer requested James perform the roadside sobriety tests, but he refused. He was sober and rightfully thought the officer was stepping out of bounds. The officer went on to let James know that he would be arrested and taken back to the Colorado Springs jail if he failed to cooperate. James did not cooperate and was hauled off to jail, where he was forced to perform a breathalyzer test. The breathalyzer test proved he did not have any alcohol in his system and he was let go. Unfortunately, he was forced to pay $35 for a cab and $400 to get his car from the impound.
In James Brower’s case, he was wrongfully charged with a crime he did not commit and was forced to spend money he otherwise would not have. Colorado Springs DUI lawyers have seen many cases like this and are now speaking out to offer their expertise. Most any Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer would agree that a serious false charge like a DUI needs to be taken to court.
We all like to go to a sports game and have a hot dog, a pretzel and a beer. But how much is too much? Many people attend sporting events and have too much to drink and then end up driving home after the game. In Colorado, we have the Denver Broncos, the Denver Nuggets, the Colorado Rockies and the Colorado Avalanche. With so many professional sports teams and sporting events to attend, there is too much opportunity for people to exhibit drunk driving behavior.
While it is fun to drink and have a good time at a sporting event, you must put a limit on how much you have to drink. People generally have one to two beers per game, but then there are some people who take things too far and drink way too much. These people need to avoid driving to the game if they plan to consume excessive amounts of alcohol. If you or your friend plans to drink more than two beers at a professional sports game, you should plan to have a sober driver to take you home after the game.
We recently spoke with Donny Hendrickson, an avid Denver Nuggets fan, who tried to drive home drunk after a playoff game last season. He admitted to having five beers at the game and said he knew his behavior was irresponsible. As he left the Pepsi Center for his home in Colorado Springs, he was well aware that he was driving drunk and could have caused an accident, or worse, a fatality. Thankfully, Denver’s highway patrol followed Hendrickson for about ten miles and then pulled him over. The patrol officers could tell he had been driving and went through the typical driving under the influence (DUI) routine. He was arrested on the spot and his car was impounded. Luckily for Hendrickson, it was his first DUI offense and the charges were not severe. His license was revoked and he was left facing large fines. Hendrickson now avoids driving to professional sports games even when he only plans to have one or two beers at the game. His experience proves that you should not drink a lot at sports games and attempt to drive afterward. If it is not your first offense, you will likely be spending more time in jail and have very expensive fines.
Immediately after receiving his charges, Hendrickson contacted a Colorado Springs DUI attorney to help reduce some of his charges, which the attorney was able to do. If you find yourself in a similar situation and need a DUI attorney, Colorado Springs has many experienced professionals who can help.
If you have recently been charged with a driving under the influence charge or other criminal offense, do you know what to do? Are you aware of your rights? Attorneys in Colorado Springs are trying to reach out to those charged with crimes to ensure they can be properly represented.
Attorneys in Colorado Springs are very aware of the consequences of a DUI charge and know how to help. It happens all too often that people get charged with a crime and are unaware of their rights. They end up getting put in jail when they did not necessarily have to. Although a DUI charge is a serious charge, there are ways to reduce your jail time and / or associated fines.
If you or a friend has recently been charged with a DUI, contact one of the many Colorado Springs DUI attorneys to help with your case. At the very least, an attorney will help reduce your jail time.
Whether you have been involved in a car accident, a domestic dispute or a driving under the influence charge, you need the best representation. Without above average representation, you could be looking at a longer prison sentence or a larger fine.
Frank Turner, a resident of Colorado Springs, was recently charged with driving under the influence. Although Turner admitted he was at fault and was indeed guilty for the crime he had been charged with, he wanted to find the best possible outcome for his situation. After weighing his options and researching local law offices, Turner decided to work with a firm that specialized in DUI defense. The attorney he was dealing with happily took on the case and began working on it immediately.
Turner’s biggest concern involving his charge was the jail time that would be associated with it. Because it was not his first offense, he was certain he would be facing a considerable amount of jail time. His attorney noted this concern and developed a plan of action to reduce the amount of jail time he would be given. Turner further noted that he was the sole provider for his family and that excessive jail time would devastate his family.
As the sole provider for my wife and kids, I cannot spend a lot of time in jail. I don’t know how they are supposed to put food on the table without me, so I have to be there and I have to be able to work. I know what I did was wrong, but there has to be a better way to punish me for my crime and allow me to still provide for my family. – Frank Turner
The attorney quickly realized that Turner works for a local mining facility that only operates Monday through Friday, which would be a big factor in resolving his case. As the attorney and Turner entered court last month, the attorney emphasized Turner’s dilemma and was able to reduce his jail time. Instead of serving a consecutive number of days in jail, the judge would allow Turner to serve one weekend a month for the next 18 months. This would allow him to serve his time and still work during the week to provide for his family.
Cases like Frank Turner’s are very common to DUI law firms. Finding the best representation from a firm that is tailored to your crime is critical to attaining the best outcome for your case. If you have been charged with a Colorado Springs DUI, you must understand the options available to you and find excellent representation. For a DUI attorney, Colorado Springs has many qualified and professional attorneys who can help you find the best resolution to your charge.
Driving under the influence is a common thing among many people, including celebrities. It was recently reported that Ben Wallace, a former NBA player known for his strict defensive play, was arrested for a DUI outside of Detroit, Michigan. Before his professional basketball career came to a close, Wallace was the Detroit Piston’s defensive leader. Now, after retiring from the NBA last season, he is enjoying his retirement too much. With his recent arrest, many people are asking what sort of charges he may face. Many people believe that celebrities are able to avoid the law and receive a smaller fine than the common citizen. Is this true?
As we have stated in the past, DUI laws are becoming more and more strict. In Colorado Springs and abroad, police officers are enforcing drunk driving laws with stronger penalties including significant fines and jail time. We constantly read in the newspaper that celebrities and famous athletes are being arrested for drunk driving behavior. The question we all ask is whether they are being punished with strict fines or if they are in some way penalized like you and I. The truth of the matter is yes, they are. Whether it is a famous movie star or athlete like Ben Wallace, the penalties are the same.
In the case of Wallace, he was required to appear in court in front of a judge on October 3rd where he was found guilty of drunk driving charges. Appearing in court in front of a judge is standard practice that anyone who is charged with drunk driving behavior must do at one point or another. Wallace now faces jail time and a large fine for his behavior. Jalen Rose, another former NBA player of the Phoenix Suns & Indiana Pacers, was also convicted of driving under the influence. His judge, Kimberly Small, sentenced him to serve jail time and he received a large fine. Again, this case just goes to show that celebrities cannot avoid the law when it comes to DUI charges.
As we have covered, anyone arrested for a DUI cannot avoid the penalties associated with such a charge. However, if you are wrongfully arrested you may challenge the charge in court. Colorado Springs DUI attorneys have indicated that most people simply pay their fines and serve jail time, even if they are not properly convicted. It is very important for anyone arrested on a DUI charge to have proper legal representation. For a DUI attorney, Colorado Springs has experienced and knowledgeable professionals who provide help for anyone who believes they were wrongfully charged.