DUI / DWAI
Michael W. Moran, P.C. specializes in the defense against Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol criminal charges in Colorado Springs. We provide superior criminal defense against felony and misdemeanor DUI, DWAI, and DUID crimes. DUID may include driving under the influence of prescription or illegal substances. Included in this area of specialty is our expertise in the Department of Motor Vehicle Express Consent Hearings resulting from the arrest and ensuing drinking and driving allegations. We work quickly and effectively to preserve your driving privileges in the state of Colorado.
Don’t wait to contact a dui attorney if you have been charged with driving under the influence in the state of Colorado – part of your case requires you will attend a hearing before the Department of Motor Vehicles regarding your license privileges. This is referred to as an Express Consent Hearing. After you have received your citation, you MUST contact an expert attorney immediately to preserve your legal rights. On some DUI/DWAI charges, you must act within SEVEN DAYS to request a hearing before the Department of Motor Vehicles or you forfeit your driving privileges.
The attorney assessment of a drinking and driving charge has many steps. The initial evaluation starts with how a driver was stopped by a police officer. A person may have been stopped as a result of a simple traffic infraction or at a DUI checkpoint. There could also be a REDDI (Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately) report made by a citizen who observed a person’s erratic driving, or an automobile accident.
After initial contact has been made by the police officer there must be probable cause of an alleged allegation of drinking and driving for the officer to continue to detain a person. Probable cause can generally be satisfied by the smell of alcohol on a person’s breath, bloodshot watery eyes and slurred speech. If these initial factors are met, a police officer may ask you to complete voluntary roadside maneuvers. It is essential to understand from your dui attorney that you ARE NOT REQUIRED to complete roadside maneuvers. Refusing to participate in roadside maneuvers will not affect your case, in fact, it will assist in your defense!
If an arrest is made, according to Colorado Revised Statute, a law enforcement officer is generally required to offer a person a choice of a blood test or breath chemical test to determine his or her alcohol content. Colorado has two distinct alcohol level contents. In Colorado, a driving while under the influence allegation means that a person is substantially impaired by the use of alcohol with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .080 and above. Additionally, a driving while ability impaired by alcohol allegation means that a person is impaired to the slightest degree with an alcohol content of .050 to .080. To learn more about the latest DUI information from a leading DUI attorney, please contact the law office of Michael W. Moran, P.C. in Colorado Springs.
After a person has been arrested and formally cited with a summons for driving under the influence, the Court proceedings begin approximately thirty to sixty days after the issuance of a summons. As your dui attorney, I use this time to begin my evaluation and investigation of the circumstances leading to your dui charges. This includes obtaining all police reports, 911 tapes, call screens of the incident and analyzing the chemical test results as well as the roadside maneuvers. I retest every blood result to look for procedural flaws.