Helpful Attorney Tips
Things YOU Need to Know about Your DUI Case that NO ONE is Telling YOU
What effect will this arrest have on my license and when will I be able to drive:
• If your blood alcohol was over the legal limit or you refused a test, you may not be able to drive at all for 90 days to a year. If you are convicted in court, you may be faced with a suspension, but you may apply for a probationary ('red') license. You can drive when you have a valid license given to you by the Division of Motor Vehicles.
What you must do at the Motor Vehicle Division immediately to preserve your right to Drive:
• You must go to the Department of Revenue within seven days of your license revocation and request a hearing.
How to save your license if you're found guilty in court?
• Request a probationary license if you are suspended for excessive points.
Questions your attorney must ask you:
• What your itinerary was prior to arrest.
• Your consumption of alcoholic beverages.
• Your observations of the officer.
• The officer's stated reasons for stopping you.
• Whether the officer asked or ordered you to take roadside tests.
• Your performance on the roadside tests.
• Statements you made to the officer.
• What the results were of any breath or blood tests.
• Whether there were witnesses to your arrest.
• Whether you were observed for 20 minutes prior to a breath test.
• Was the chemical test conducted within two hours of driving?
• Was only one test conducted?
A few things the District Attorney does not want you to know:
• He/She does not have all the witnesses available to prove his case under subpoena. • He/She has exculpatory evidence which would prove your innocence. • You have a right to a jury trial within six months of pleading not guilty. • He/She has evidentiary problems in proving your blood alcohol level. • He/She has never tried a contested alcohol related matter.
Some of the facts that must be proved before you can be found guilty:
• Your identity as a driver of a motor vehicle in the State of Colorado, while your blood or breath alcohol level was over one of the prescribed limits or you were substantially incapable of driving (driving under the influence) or you werer affected to the slightest degree in your driving ability (driving while ability impaired).
What are the 4 items crucial to your defense:
• 1) A good investigation of the facts: > Retesting the second sample. > Obtaining dispatch tapes and logs.
• 2) Vigorous cross-examination. ]
• 3) A sound understanding of constitutional principles.
• 4) An experienced attorney.
What is the one thing your attorney must do to raise objections based on the Summons and Complaint:
• Appear in person for your arraignment.
Why a jury trial is advisable:
• A jury must unaminously decide if the prosecution proved you guilty of each charge. • A jury may question the motives of the officer.
What is necessary to get a jury trial?
• You automatically have a right to a jury trial.
How the arresting officer's testimony can be impeached:
• Inconsistant statements. • Failure to recollect.
Some requirements which must be followed for chemical and roadside tests to be valid:
• The officer must have had a reasonable suspicion that you were violating the law.
• The officer must have either had probable cause to arrest you or obtain your consent for roadside tests.
• The officer must tell you that you have a right to refuse a portable breathalizer test.
• The officer must have probable cause before he arrests you and before he requires you to take a chemical test.
• The officer must give you your Miranda rights after you are arrested, if he is going to interogate you.
What are the main key pieces of information that must be learned in deciding to go to trial:
• An estimation of the weaknesses and strengths of the State's case against you. • The effect of a conviction.
How to determine if you can plea bargain, and at what step you should do it:
• It's a cost benefit analysis. • How much money do you have to defend your case?