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Greeley DUI/DWAI Defense Lawyer

The Greeley DUI/DWAI defense lawyer at McAdams Law Office has the knowledge, insight, and experience necessary to mount a solid legal defense when facing charges. Our firm carries a local reputation for tenacity, preparedness, and results when representing the rights of those accused of driving under intoxication or while ability impaired.

We will also hold police and prosecutors accountable for their obligations. With more than 20 years of experience, you can count on us to point out flaws, inaccuracies, or civil rights violations if they occurred in your investigation or arrest.

McAdams Law Office is a team of dedicated legal professionals protecting your rights. Call us for a Free Consultation today at (970) 353-0000 or send us a confidential message here to learn more about your options with a Greeley DUI/DWAI defense attorney.

McAdams Law Office Questions Every Aspect of Your Arrest

When people are stopped because they are suspected of drunk driving, they face many challenges. With experience in the Weld County District Attorney’s Office, we know how criminal cases could play out and what factors the courts may consider. McAdams Law Office is prepared and can identify weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case against you.

Factors that your Greeley DUI/DWAI lawyer will investigate include:

  • Prior convictions
  • Breath and blood alcohol levels
  • Reasonable and articulable suspicion
  • Roadside maneuvers
  • Police observations
  • Other particulars in the case

Many people are fearful of losing their license or facing jail time. They are unsure of what to expect in the legal system. At McAdams Law Office, our Greeley DUI/DWAI attorney understands the fears that often come with these circumstances. We offer effective and aggressive legal representation that helps our clients achieve results.

Colorado Treats DUIs and DWAIs Differently

Driving under intoxication (DUI) and driving while ability impaired (DWAI) are both crimes in Colorado per CRS § 42-4-1301. However, the state evaluates different factors in each case, including blood alcohol content (BAC), potential penalties, and court hearings.

Here is a closer look at each factor and how they could generally apply to a DWAI or DUI arrest:

Blood Alcohol Content

A DUI and a DWAI are based on your blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of your blood alcohol test and subsequent arrest. Your BAC level determines whether you faced an arrest for a DUI or DWAI.

Below is a breakdown of the different BACs and associated charges:

  • Between .05% and .079%: DWAI
  • At least .08%: DUI

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended that states establish a per se BAC in 2013 at .05%. The human body begins to exhibit signs of impairment at .05%, which is why the DWAI designation exists.

Potential Penalties

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 while carrying higher fines and possible jail time. There are also lifelong consequences associated with a conviction.

DMV and Criminal Court Hearings

You must attend two separate proceedings if you get a DUI or a DWAI. The DMV hearing addresses issues related to your license suspension or revocation. However, your license will be suspended immediately if you test at .08 or higher and are charged with a DUI.

Important: You only have seven days to request an Express Consent Hearing, where the court will determine if the arrest was proper. This hearing is essential. Your Greeley DUI/DWAI attorney will investigate your arrest to determine whether civil rights or procedural violations occurred.

McAdams Law Office will address both matters on your behalf at the DMV and criminal court levels. This allows us to maintain a cohesive and efficient approach. If evidence or inconsistencies in one case can help you prove your innocence in the other, our legal team will raise these issues at the right time.

Defend Yourself Against Colorado DUI & DWAI Penalties

Even if you have never faced a DUI or DWAI, the experience is devastating. The potential penalties associated with a conviction can change your entire life, especially for those with prior convictions. Hiring a Greeley DUI/DWAI lawyer is critical to mounting a defense on your behalf.

Potential DUI and DWAI penalties in Colorado include:

  • Loss of driving privileges
  • Points added to your driver’s license
  • Hefty fines and court costs
  • Mandatory ignition interlock device (IID) installation
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Community service
  • Jail time
  • Other consequences as ordered

You must serve the ordered sentence if the prosecutor can get a conviction. However, the consequences of a DUI or DWAI conviction can last long after paying your penance. A conviction can affect your ability to find a home or job in the future.

You do not have to stand for this potential outcome without putting up a legal fight. The Greeley DUI/DWAI lawyer at McAdams Law Office will investigate the facts of your case, determine what the prosecutor can prove, and devise an advanced strategy that achieves the results you deserve.

McAdams Law Office Has Experience, Knowledge, and Legal Resources

DUI and DWAI charges are not something the State of Colorado takes lightly. If you or a loved one stand accused, McAdams Law Office will execute a solid legal strategy on your behalf, regardless of how bad things look. We will stand by your side throughout the legal process.

Your Greeley DUI/DWAI attorney will draw upon more than 20 years of criminal defense experience. Our objective is to achieve excellent results for clients, with the intent of getting charges dropped, dismissed, or beat at trial when possible. Find out how we can help you retain your freedom and rights today.

Call Our Greeley DUI/DWAI Lawyer for a Free Consultation

If you have questions about your charges and protecting yourself in court, speak with our legal team about your arrest at no cost or obligation. Contact McAdams Law Office for a Free Consultation at (970) 353-0000 or by completing our online contact form.

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