How to Get Out of a DUI?
As a Fort Collins DUI Lawyer I am always looking for ways to challenge your DUI or DWAI charge. Whether it is overlooked evidence by the officer, or a technicality the officer failed to follow, this fact may be the critical element for your case. It’s important to understand that your choice of a criminal defense lawyer impacts the outcome of your case.
I am criminal defense lawyer David H. Johnson. For 35 years I have been challenging DUI charges in the Fort Collins area to safeguard my clients’ rights. The consequences of a DUI or DWAI can extend for years to come. Finding the right attorney for your case is important. It’s imperative to have someone on your side who challenges DUI charges.
Contact my Colorado law firm for a comprehensive defense of driving under the influence and driving while ability impaired charges.
Effective DUI Defense Strategies
To validate an arrest, an officer needs to have probable cause to think you committed a criminal act. For drinking and driving charges, an officer needs to have a reasonable belief that your ability to safely operate your vehicle was compromised to some degree by alcohol and/or drugs. I investigate the important questions in your case, such as:
- Why did the officer stop you?
- Was there a valid basis for police contact?
- What facts support the alleged driving violation?
- Did the officer have sufficient evidence to believe you were intoxicated?
- How did you perform on the portable breath test and other sobriety tests?
Once an officer makes contact with an individual, he or she is taking notes that lead him or her to believe you are intoxicated. At the law offices of Liggett, Johnson & Goodman, P.C., I am reviewing this information to determine whether the officer followed the legal requirements to justify the arrest.
Often there is physical evidence used by the officer to establish the belief that you are intoxicated. These include personal observations of your appearance, your behaviors, odors from your breath, observations of roadside maneuvers, and breath or blood tests. This evidence is what the District Attorney will use against you in court.
As a defense attorney I am here to hold police officers accountable in the legal process. If this evidence doesn’t meet the legal standard of probable cause, then I will file motions to have the evidence suppressed at a suppression hearing. By getting evidence suppressed, it greatly hampers the district attorney from prosecuting your case.
Once an individual is arrested and gives a blood or breath test, the police are required to follow specific regulatory requirements in administering the Intoxilyzer and the blood tests. In addition, to use the evidence against you in court, there are chain of custody requirements that must be followed.
For more information or to discuss your needs for challenging a DUI, contact me today at my Colorado law office. Call 970-829-1221 now to schedule your FREE CONSULTATION with a Fort Collins DUI lawyer.
What Happens When You Get a DUI in Colorado?
When you receive a DUI, you will find yourself facing a number of consequences, including the following:
- Loss of Driver’s License.
- Alcohol Program.
- Monitored Sobriety.
- Mandatory Useful Public Service.
- Jail time which is mandatory on second or subsequent offense.
- Fines and Court Costs.
- Probation supervision.
The DUI statutes make some consequences mandatory. However, there are usually ranges to those mandatory consequences.
An experienced attorney can point out mitigating factors that the District Attorney and Judge should consider, reducing the severity of the consequences.
How to Find a Good DUI Lawyer
Finding a DUI attorney in Fort Collins is one of the first steps you need to take after being charged with driving under the influence. While it is true that any attorney can represent you, you are better served to work with an experienced DUI defense attorney.
The laws surrounding DUIs are complex, and often the outcomes depend on understanding small details of the case and how they impact the charges brought against you. As someone with years of experience in trying these cases, I have years of experience focusing on DUI cases and am ready to put my years of experience to work.
You need to feel confident in your legal representation, no matter what type of case it is. However, a DUI is especially important because losing your case may affect every area of your life. Depending on where you live in Fort Collins, losing your ability to drive can make it difficult to get to work, to the grocery store, and to other locations.
When reaching out to a DUI attorney, here are some questions you may want to ask.
Questions to Ask Your DUI Lawyer
- How many years have you spent defending clients in DUI cases?
- How many cases involving DUIs do you work on each year?
- How often do your cases go to trial?
- How often do you successfully reach a plea bargain or get a case dismissed?
Of course, you also want to ask standard questions such as what fees you will be charged and when you will be required to make your payments. Any questions you have about your specific case should also be asked before you hire a lawyer.