What To Do If You Are Charged With a DUI

What should you do if you are charged with a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Colorado?

If you have recently been stopped by the police and charged with a DUI, you are probably scared and thinking of all the possible outcomes. You may be asking:

  • What do I do now?
  • Will I lose my license?
  • Will I lose my insurance?

Below are some steps to take after being charged with a DUI. Being aware will go a long way in helping your attorney prepare your case.

Write Everything Down

  • When and where were you stopped?
  • Did the officer give you a reason as to why he stopped you?
  • Was a breath test given?
  • What did you tell the officer you had to drink? Did you tell the officer how much?
  • Did they perform any other tests? (line walk, eye tracking, etc..)

Make Your Online Profiles Private

Anything you posted online the night you were issued your DUI summons could be used against you.

Be Aware of Potential Witnesses

Were you with family or friends before you were stopped that would be willing to testify on your behalf? Was anyone with you when you were stopped that would be willing to testify? Having witness that are willing to testify on your behalf could go a long way in helping with your defense.

Know Your Rights

Hiring an experienced DUI attorney is the best decision you can make when charged with a DUI in Colorado. A DUI lawyer can guide you and let you know what the best course of action in your case is. Do not delay speaking with a DUI attorney; there can be urgent deadlines that, if missed, could impact your rights.  Additionally, the DMV can revoke your license. If you submitted to a breath test or refused to take a test, you only have seven days to set up a hearing with the DMV. If you submitted to a blood test, you will receive a notice of revocation in the mail and will have a limited period of time to appeal that decision. Failure to timely appeal will result in an automatic revocation of your license.  Put simply, a DUI can have a substantial impact on your daily life and an experienced DUI attorney can help you navigate the complex procedure.

The information on this website is intended to be general information only and not legal advice. Laws change frequently and the information on this website may not be up to date, nor is the information intended to be fully comprehensive. The information is general in nature and each case should be analyzed by a legal professional on an individual bases.  The information on this page does not create an attorney client relationship.  No relationship should be implied by reading the general information contained on this page or this website.  For legal advice specific to your case please contact Sanders Law Firm or another licensed attorney.

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