Anxiety and Shame Can Accompany First-Time DUI and DWAI
The anxiety, fear and shame that you are feeling after getting your first DUI is normal and can be a healthy indication that you are willing to take this first DUI seriously. If your mind is racing with a million questions, you must consult your Colorado DUI lawyer immediately in order to give yourself the peace of mind that you deserve.
Will I Go To Jail?
Jail can be a legitimate threat in certain cases. Fortunately, Colorado Revised Statute 42-4-1301 does not provide for mandatory jail sentences on first-time DUI and DWAI convictions. Rather, Colorado law says there is a presumptive jail penalty of between five days and one year in the county jail if convicted of a DUI. Even if you are facing a lesser charge of DWAI, you still face between two days to six months in the county jail.
Your BAC can have a significant impact upon the possible penalty you may face. In the state of Colorado you face a mandatory minimum 10 days in jail if your BAC is more than .20. This mandatory minimum 10-day jail sentence applies even if it is your first-time DUI.
Why Should I Hire A DUI Lawyer?
You are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by the prosecution. In simple terms that means it is the DA’s obligation alone to prove the case. It is more than knowing someone is guilty but rather proving someone guilty. Your constitutional rights absolutely hold that you are innocent until proven guilty.
DUIs are very scientifically involved but are not foolproof. A knowledgeable DUI lawyer from Hernandez & Associates, P.C., will be able to attack the evidence in your case with surgical precision. We can identify the issues that could make the difference in your DUI case. Moreover, we have the litigation experience to know how to use the Rules of Evidence and Criminal Procedure to your advantage in front of any judge or jury.
Don’t gamble with your future by walking into the court system without fully knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your case. Contact a DUI specialist at Hernandez & Associates, P.C., immediately.
What Is “Useful Public Service?” How Much Will I Have To Pay in Fines?
If you are convicted of a first-time DUI, you will be required to perform between 48 and 96 hours of community service. If you are facing a lesser DWAI, you will be facing between 24 and 48 hours of community service work.
Your total court bill is comprised of several components. A good formula to help determine approximately how much you are realistically facing is: Court Fine + Court Costs + Probation Costs + Cost of Classes = Approximate Total Cost.
If you are convicted of a DUI the maximum court fine is $1,000. A maximum court fine for DWAI is $500. All other costs may vary depending on the jurisdiction or circumstances of your particular DUI case.
When Selecting An Attorney, Reputation Matters
As the saying goes, “It is not always what you know but who you know.” The trial-tested Colorado DUI lawyers at Hernandez & Associates, P.C., have taken a multitude of cases to trial all the way through verdict in most metro-area courthouses.
The experience of our Colorado DUI lawyers at Hernandez & Associates, P.C., has earned us a respected reputation from our adversaries, judges, and colleagues. In simple terms, for those who know us also know several key things that will make all the difference in your DUI case. We don’t play games, we don’t cut corners, and when we walk into your courtroom we are all business. Call our Denver office to speak with experienced DUI counsel at 303-536-5134. You can also email our office.
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