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What are the potential consequences of a drunk driving arrest?

Many people in Colorado have never been stopped by the police on suspicion of drunk driving. However, it does happen regularly. Sometimes police have extra patrols out during holidays when drinking is common, such as this past St. Patrick's Day, the Fourth of July or New Year's Eve. Or police may be parked on the side of the road, looking out for motorists driving erratically. Or police may have pulled a person over for a different offense, such as speeding, and noticed alcohol in the vehicle. No matter what the circumstances are, it is good to have some idea of what to expect at a DUI stop.

How do ignition interlock devices work in Colorado?

One of the penalties that may follow a drunk driving conviction or a breath test refusal in Colorado is the requirement that the driver have an ignition interlock device installed on his or her vehicle. In general, what does such a device do, and what happens in the case of noncompliance?

Field sobriety tests and DUI arrests

Being pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving is an experience no one in Colorado wants to have. It can also be a very confusing and in some cases frightening experience, particularly if you have no idea what to expect. All you do know is that the potential consequences for being convicted of drunk driving are severe.

Impaired driving in Colorado: what types of charges apply?

Being pulled over on suspicion of impaired driving is a situation no Colorado Springs resident wants to find him or herself in. It is important for individuals to be familiar with the basic offenses that involve driving after having consumed alcohol or drugs, so that they understand the charges they may face.

When can police stop someone for a DUI in Colorado?

Colorado commuters see it virtually every day on their way to work or home: cars pulled over to the side of the road with a police car in tow. These events, though familiar, are anything but routine for those singled out for police attention. For these folks, getting pulled over can be the first in a chain of unfortunate events. But what goes into the stop? What limits, if any, are on police? To find out, keep reading.

What is the most reliable field sobriety test used in Colorado?

Although it might be debatable, according to studies commissioned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the most reliable filed sobriety test that Colorado officers administer to suspected drunk or drugged drivers is the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, especially when it is used in combination with other tests.

Do CO police have to see me driving before I get a DWI?

Many of the previous posts on this blog discuss the mechanics of a DWI in Colorado in terms of blood tests and field sobriety tests. While these are important parts of drunk driving charges that Colorado Springs residents need to understand, people should not forget that the state also has to prove that a person was actually driving a vehicle before they can be charged with a crime.

We can help protect your pocketbook

Last week's post discussed how Colorado Springs residents who pick up even one DUI conviction could wind up paying $8,000 in fines, fees and both short-term and long-term costs. Aside from these financial expenses, one should not discount the fact that a DUI conviction can affect a person's reputation and job prospects, which could, in turn, leave them experiencing further financial losses.

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