DUI In Colorado: What To Know
A driving under the influence (DUI) arrest can feel overwhelming. At Hernandez & Associates, P.C., we know that you are probably wondering what the process will look like following your arrest. As experienced criminal defense attorneys, we help people throughout the Denver area understand their rights and what to expect from the criminal justice system after a drunk driving charge.
What The Legal Process Looks Like
There are two systems that handle DUIs in Colorado: the criminal court system and the administrative system. The steps of a Colorado DUI charge go something like this:
- The arresting officer may take you to a hospital if you are at high risk of health complications or to the police station to book you into custody.
- The District Attorney’s Office receives a Uniform Summons and Complaint of your DUI.
- The District Court in your jurisdiction issues a date for your court hearing.
- Meanwhile, you have seven days to petition a hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or else it will revoke your driving privileges, usually for 90 days.
- You attend your District Court hearing and enter a plea.
- The District Attorney may negotiate a plea deal with you, drop the charges or pursue a trial.
These steps are not always as straightforward as they sound. You need the guidance of a criminal law attorney who knows how to navigate both the criminal and administrative processes. Our team of defense lawyers has represented hundreds of clients throughout the state, helping them keep their driving privileges and avoid serious criminal sentences following drunk driving charges.
Ask A Defense Attorney About DUIs – Free Consultations
Whether you have just been arrested for DUI or the state has already charged you, Hernandez & Associates, P.C., can advocate for you throughout the many steps. Our drunk driving defense attorneys provide free initial consultations. To get yours, please call us at 303-536-5134 or send us an email.