DUI FAQ – Answering Questions About DUI
A DUI charge isn’t something easily swept under the rug. Once convicted, a DUI conviction may affect you for the rest of your life.
Not only does a DUI charge tarnish your record, but it can make it hard to find proper employment, housing and many other things we take for granted, for many years. The moment you get pulled over by police, you feel overwhelmed with the testing and the potential for charges (if applicable).
It’s crucial to have someone fighting for your rights in your time of need!
The right Colorado Springs DUI lawyer can help you beat that DUI and will provide assistance throughout the process if you have been arrested and charged with DUI, DWAI or any related intoxicated driving charge..
It’s understandable that you may have some questions pertaining to your DUI. Below, we will highlight some of the top DUI FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)!
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1. If I’m stopped by the police, do I have to answer all of their questions?
You’re not required to provide an answer to all of the questions asked. In fact you SHOULD choose to remain silent or ask for a consultation with a Colorado Springs DUI lawyer. If you do choose to answer any questions, the information provided may possibly get used against you in your case, meanwhile, your lawyer will also have access to the information to help you fight your charges.
Your best option is to answer no questions until your DUI Lawyer is on the case!
2. Why do police officers stop certain drivers?
Police officers use their own experiences and their observations to consider whether someone could be driving under the influence. Most people committing drunk driving will usually exhibit some or all of the following symptoms:
- Swerving out of lanes
- Potentially causing an accident or nearly missing a target
- Driving too fast or too slow
- Erratic braking habits
- Inconsistent signaling turns with actual vehicle operation
- Slow response time to traffic signals and signs
- Driving without headlights in the dark
- Rapid acceleration or deceleration
3. What is your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC), and why does it make a difference?
Your measured BAC reflects how much or how little you were under the influence while operating the vehicle. Even drivers with a low BAC threshold below 0.08 may still receive a citation if the officer believes their driving quality was impaired. However, without a doubt, those with a BAC of 0.08 to 0.14 will receive a DUI charge.
4. What will happen to me if I fail a test?
Many drivers wrongly assume that failing a blood or breathalyzer test automatically means their case is not worth fighting. Contrary to popular belief, there are several defenses which may be enacted to argue the validity of the tests. We can definitely fight charges, and have done so, successfully, many times.
Now is NOT the time to give up hope!
Many instances exist where the test results are easily tainted by factors other than Blood Alcohol Content. At The Law Office Of Jeremy Loew, we can build the best defense for your situation and fight for you against any and all DUI charges!
5. Can I refuse to take a Blood Alcohol Test (BAC) test?
In the state of Colorado, the refusal to comply with taking a BAC test will result in the automatic suspension of a person’s driver’s license. If you’ve been arrested for DUI or DWAI, then, under Colorado’s Express Consent Law you have already given permission for blood, breath or chemical testing if the police suspect that you are driving while legally intoxicated.
6. Can I Refuse A Field Sobriety Test?
If you have not been arrested for a DUI or DWAI, then you can refuse a Field Sobriety Test.
If pulled over for a suspected DUI, the police officer may want to have you perform some tests to help him determine if you are a DUI candidate such as the “walk and turn” test, the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test, a “one leg stand” test – or others.
You will not be penalized for refusing to take any field sobriety tests the officer asks of you.
First-time offenders will usually receive a one year license suspension. For those refusing a second or a third time, it’s not uncommon to get hit with a two or three year suspension. Suspended licenses are not reinstated regardless of whether DUI charges are filed, dropped or the offender is acquitted.
Have you been charged with a DUI in Colorado Springs? By now you know that a DUI on your driving record will cause you much anguish for years to come. You could lose your job, find it hard to get good housing – and you will have that DUI on your record for years. I can beat that DUI! Give me a call and let’s fight that DUI together! – Jeremy Loew
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