We have all seen the billboards advertising that the decision to drink and then get behind the wheel of a car could, ultimately, be a $10,000 decision, resulting in a DUI or DWAI charge. This does not include the embarrassment, loss of one’s driver’s license, or social stigma that accompanies the hefty fine and attorney fees. The Lakewood DUI lawyers of the Bagley Law Firm, LLC are among the state’s most experienced when it comes to protecting our clients from over zealous prosecutors and judges.
In Colorado, driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) as low as .08 can result in a DUI conviction of driving under the influence (DUI). Such an infraction could result in one spending up to a year in jail and paying a hefty fine. Worse, the state of Colorado will suspend or revoke your driver’s license upon conviction of a DUI.
Even when one’s BAC is as low as .05, a defendant can be found guilty of driving while ability impaired (DWAI). A good Lakewood DUI lawyer will know, however, that a client still faces danger even when there is no blood or breath test showing a defendant’s BAC. For instance, “driving while ability impaired” (DWAI) can also be proven by a zealous district attorney if a person is found to have consumed any amount of alcohol or drugs (or any combination of the two) if it can be shown that such consumption affected the person to the slightest degree, either mentally or physically, so that the person is unable to exercise clear judgment, physical control, or due care in the safe operation of a vehicle. Again, the key word is “slightest.” In other words, even the smallest amount of alcohol consumption can result in an alcohol related driving arrest. Subsequently, any arrest can lead to an alcohol related driving conviction (i.e., DWAI or DUI conviction) if one does not have a solid advocate representing his or her interests.
While a DUI or DWAI is a traffic infraction that is typically classified as a misdemeanor, this is not always the case. In Colorado, the fourth alcohol related driving infraction can be prosecuted as a felony with mandatory jail or prison time.
Consequences also worsen should the facts surrounding your DUI or DWAI be aggravating. For instance, was there an accident? Was their property damage? Were their injuries sustained in the incident, either to a third party or even injuries sustained by the defendant? Even the simplest of DUI or DWAI cases warrant an experienced Lakewood DUI lawyer in your corner, but as the facts become more aggravating, a good Lakewood DUI lawyer only becomes more necessary.
The experienced Lakewood DUI lawyers of the Bagley Law Firm, LLC can assist you in navigating the dangerous and turbulent waters of the courtroom when you are facing a DUI or DWAI. We advise that no one charged with a DUI or DWAI or even suspected of having committed a crime communicate with the police until he or she has had the opportunity to sit down with our attorneys to discuss the details of the predicament. So, call us today at (720) 815-4824 to make an appointment for a free consultation with one of our Lakewood DUI lawyers. Let us help.