DUI charges can be a gut-wrenching experience
It’s a common occurrence. You go to an office Christmas party and have several glasses of wine to relax. You kill a six pack while hanging out with the guys on Sunday afternoon watching the Denver Broncos thrash another opponent. You have a couple of drinks before you realize you need to go to the store to get one last ingredient for dinner.
In all of these instances, you get behind the wheel of a car and drive after you’ve had too much to drink.
“There’s a good chance you’ve never done anything else even remotely requiring a brush with the law, but now, you get pulled over and fail a field sobriety test. It can be a gut-wrenching experience on many levels,” says Denver-based DUI attorney Christopher Braddock.
Gut wrenching, indeed. In Denver, a DUI conviction may include jail time, especially if a high blood alcohol level was involved, a defendant is a repeat offender, or if there was damage to vehicles and property. Fines start at $600 and can rise significantly. This does not include associated costs related to probation or alcohol diversion programs that the judge may assign as part of a penalty.
Any DUI attorney will be able to tell you first time offenders may also lose their license for up to a year, and repeat violations could mean a loss of a license for up to five years. If you do get to keep your license, you could be hamstrung with the installation of an ignition interlock device on your own vehicle, at your own expense.
Needless to say, the penalties for any kind of DUI offense are harsh, and one of the best strategies you can employ to minimize these impacts is by retaining an attorney who specializes in DUI defense cases.
Christopher T. Braddock