If you have been charged with a DUI and wish to hire an experienced, affordable attorney, please contact Reliance Legal Services, LLC. We have successfully resolved thousands of DUI cases! We strive to offer exceptional, reasonably priced legal assistance and representation for every client who seeks our firm’s aid. Founding Attorney Heidi Anderson is devoted to DUI defense and is dedicated to successfully resolving clients’ DUI cases. Heidi works hard to help residents in and around Denver and the mountain communities with all driving under-the-influence charges and legal situations.
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In Colorado, there are two main types of alcohol-related driving offenses, classified based on the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC). The first, Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI), applies when a driver’s BAC is between 0.05% and 0.079%. Consequences for a first-time DWAI offense include accruing 8 points towards license suspension, a fine of $200 to $500, 24-48 hours of community service, and a possible jail time of 2 to 180 days. The more serious offense, Driving Under the Influence (DUI), is charged when a driver’s BAC is 0.08% or higher. A first-time DUI can lead to a license suspension for up to a year, a fine of $500 to $1,000, jail time ranging from 5 days to 1 year, 48-96 hours of community service, and mandatory attendance in alcohol education classes for 3 to 9 months. The penalties escalate with second, third, and further offenses. Particularly, a fourth DUI conviction is considered a felony with severe, lasting repercussions. Our firm offers legal assistance for those arrested for DUI, regardless of whether it’s a first or subsequent offense, helping them defend their rights.
Being charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID) can lead to penalties similar to those for alcohol DUI. However, proving DUID in court is more complex. The prosecution must demonstrate that the driver was under the influence of a drug that negatively affected their motor skills, reaction time, or judgment. Technological limitations often make it challenging to accurately measure drug levels and determine how a specific drug impacted the driver at the time of the incident.
For most drugs, unlike alcohol, there is no universally recognized threshold for impairment. Drugs can linger in the body for weeks or months after consumption, complicating the assessment of impairment. Some states implement a per se law, banning driving with any detectable level of illegal drugs, but Colorado currently has no such law, with the exception of THC. If accused of DUID, seeking legal counsel from Reliance Legal could be beneficial.
In Colorado, the legal limit for THC is set at 5 nanograms of active THC per milliliter of blood. Measuring active THC levels requires analyzing a blood sample taken soon after the DUID suspicion arises. However, these tests also detect non-impairing inactive THC metabolites, which can lead to misunderstandings in court and potential unfair prosecution. Reliance Legal Services offers expertise in analyzing blood test results to distinguish between impairing and non-impairing THC levels, providing crucial support in DUID cases.
Whether you believe you are innocent or guilty of the crime with which you have been charged, it may be beneficial for you to contact our DUI lawyers at Reliance Legal Services, LLC prior to entering a plea. We have helped thousands of people resolve their DUI cases, and our attorneys can assist you with your case. To discover how our firm can help, please contact our office and schedule an appointment with one of our defense attorneys.