Experienced Representation In Colorado DUI/DWAI Cases
When people are stopped because they are suspected of drunk driving, they face many challenges. Most will either be arrested or given a summons and told to appear in court. Many are taken to detox, where a family member or friend picks them up. A bond may prevent them from using alcohol or drugs.
Many people are fearful of losing their license or facing jail time. They are unsure of what to expect in the legal system.
At the McAdams Law Office in Greeley, we understand the fears that often come with these circumstances. We offer effective and aggressive legal representation that helps our clients achieve results. Our Greeley, Colorado, law firm represents clients throughout Weld County, Larimer County and Morgan County who have been charged with a DUI or DWAI.
With experience in the Weld County District Attorney’s Office, we know how criminal cases typically play out and what factors the court and prosecutors consider. We are prepared and can identify weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case.
These factors and defenses may apply in a DUI or DWAI case:
- Prior convictions
- Breath/blood alcohol level
- Reasonable and articulable suspicion for the stop itself
- Roadside maneuvers
- Police observations
- Other particulars in the case
The Difference Between DUI And DWAI
The distinction between a DUI and a DWAI is based on your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at the time of your blood alcohol test and subsequent arrest. If your BAC is between .05 and .079, you will be charged with driving while ability impaired (DWAI). If you test at .08 or higher, you will be charged with DUI. While a DWAI is the less serious of the two charges, it will still result in 8 points on your driver’s license and can result in fines. A DUI will add 12 points to your driving record, carries higher fines and can result in jail time.
We handle the criminal proceeding as well as the DMV hearing regarding license suspension or revocation. If you test at .08 or higher and are charged with a DUI, your license will be suspended immediately. You then have seven days to request an Express Consent Hearing, where the court will determine whether the arrest was proper. We will ensure that the proper procedures were followed, that there was probable cause to pull you over, that you were properly advised of your rights before the police took any statements and that the field sobriety and breath tests were correctly administered.
For more information about drunk driving, please see our Drunk Driving/DUI Information Center.