Fort Collins DUI Lawyer
Aggressive DUI Defense in Norther Colorado
If you are facing DUI charges, you should know that the Deputy District Attorney won’t cut corners on your prosecution. Your DUI defense attorney can’t either. Fort Collins and other communities throughout Northern Colorado take drunk driving offenses seriously, and judges don’t hesitate to hand down harsh sentences.
At Roselle & Breitigam, P.C., for over 3 decades our DUI lawyers in Fort Collins are dedicated to protecting the rights of people who are facing criminal charges. We are available to discuss your rights, and how we can help with your case, during a free consultation.
When Is a DUI a Felony in Colorado?
A DUI/DWAI are typically filed as misdemeanors. But DUI can be prosecuted as a felony charge if it is the person's 4th offense, or if the motorist causes an accident in which another person is injured or killed. Specifically, felony DUI is charged in 3 circumstances:
- The defendant has 3 or more previous DUI convictions or
- The defendant's driving caused serious bodily injury or;
- The defendant caused a fatal accident
What are the Penalties for a DUI in Colorado?
The possible penalties for a first-time DUI include:
- Jail time
- Significant fines and court costs
- Loss of driving privileges
- Community service
- Alcohol education classes
What is the Legal BAC Limit in Colorado?
In Colorado, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle if a person’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is at or above 0.08%. Colorado also has a zero tolerance law which means if any driver under the legal drinking age of 21 has a BAC of 0.02% to 0.05% they could get an underage drinking ticket. If a person’s BAC is 0.17% or higher, they can face even more severe penalties.
Former Prosecutors Fighting as Your Lawyers
As former prosecutors, Jerry Roselle and William Breitigam know how the prosecution will prepare its case. They also know that working diligently with the prosecutor often results in alternatives to harsh penalties, but only by preparing and applying intelligent legal strategies.
One client told me the best part of hiring me for DUI defense is that he never felt like I was judging him. Mutual respect is the foundation of my practice. I can't guarantee an outcome in any DUI case. But my experience has shown that preparing diligently and staying committed to finding alternative solutions not only protects my client but also earns him the prosecutor's and judge's respect.
- Attorney Jerry Roselle
Challenging the Prosecutor's Case Against You
As former prosecutors, we have the insider-only knowledge of how to confront the prosecution's evidence against you. Probable cause for making the traffic stop, field sobriety maneuvers, breathalyzer testing, and whether or not your constitutional rights were upheld at the time of arrest can all be called into question. Our skilled Fort Collins DUI attorneys will find the opportunities to poke holes in the case against you. We are determined to have the DUI charges against you lessened or dismissed. Talk to our DUI lawyers in Fort Collins as soon as possible.
We handle every aspect of your DUI charge and can advise you on how best to protect your rights. Our services include counsel regarding:
- Challenging breath and blood tests: Many people think that test results that are not in their favor mean their chances are over. This is not true. We can help you challenge the tests.
- A DUI and the DMV: After a DUI charge, you will have to go through criminal proceedings and DMV proceedings. We can help with both.
- Protecting you from insurance consequences: A DUI conviction can increase your insurance rates. We can help minimize the damage.
- Driving with a revoked or suspended license: Our attorneys can help shield you from the damaging effects of a driving under restraint conviction.
- Driving under the influence of drugs (DUID): In Colorado, it is illegal to drive with drugs in your system. We can help you avoid serious consequences by challenging the charges.
- Vehicular assault and homicide: A car accident that injures or causes the death of another person can leave you facing serious charges, even if it was an accident. Let us help protect you.
- Vehicular eluding arrest: Eluding police can lead to criminal charges and enhance any other charges you may be facing. Our lawyers are former prosecutors who are ready to fight for you.
Fort Collins DUI Offender Resources
Fort Collins has several alcohol addiction treatment services available for individuals struggling with substance abuse. Here are some resources you may find helpful:
Larimer County DUI Court: This is a court-supervised treatment program designed to provide services to repeat DUI offenders. It involves mandatory attendance at a substance abuse treatment program and regular court appearances.
SummitStone Health Partners: This organization provides substance abuse treatment, including DUI education classes, outpatient therapy, and support groups for individuals with substance use disorders.
Fort Collins Police Services Victim Services Unit: This unit provides services to victims of DUI-related accidents, including crisis intervention, emotional support, and information on victim's rights.
MADD Northern Colorado: This chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving provides advocacy, support, and education to victims of DUI-related accidents and their families.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): AA is a non-profit organization that provides support and guidance to individuals struggling with alcohol addiction. There are several meetings available in Fort Collins.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): This is a national organization that provides information and resources for substance abuse treatment and recovery. Their website has a directory of treatment facilities in Fort Collins and across the United States.
It's important to note that specific resources and services may vary depending on individual circumstances, and it's always best to contact local authorities or organizations for the most up-to-date information and support.
Why You Need a Fort Collins DUI Attorney
A Fort Collins DUI attorney from Roselle & Breitigam can provide invaluable assistance if you have been charged with a DUI in Colorado. We understand the complex laws and regulations that apply to DUI cases and can provide knowledgeable representation to help ensure the best possible outcome for your case.
Our Fort Collins DUI lawyer can evaluate the evidence presented against you, assess any applicable defenses, challenge any discrepancies or violations of your rights during the traffic stop, negotiate plea bargains with prosecutors, and handle all court proceedings. In some cases, they can even argue for lesser charges or sentencing considerations such as alcohol counseling or community service.
It is essential to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer who understands how to navigate the criminal defense process from arrest to trial effectively.
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