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Defense for DUI /DWAI in Fort Collins

When you've been arrested for driving under the influence, it can be a terrifying experience. You may be worried about whether you will end up in jail, what will happen to your driver's license, and if you will be left with a criminal record. It can be a stressful time, and we know that you need answers and reliable legal guidance.

At Rachel A. Michael, LLC, we have extensive experience and deep insight into how drunk driving charges are investigated and prosecuted. Firm founder Rachel A. Michael is a former prosecutor and proven trial attorney with an excellent record and reputation. We aggressively fight for the best possible outcome while compassionately guiding you through every step of the criminal process.

Creative Defense to DUI & DWAI Charges

Our firm's unique understanding of DUI defense allows us to develop creative, effective strategies for each client. We understand the inaccuracies of DUI testing and can challenge the results from field sobriety tests, breathalyzers, blood tests, and more. Law enforcement officials are also known to be overzealous when pulling over drivers and making arrests. They may have violated your rights or unreasonably pulled you over. We can evaluate these factors and whether they played a role in your case.

What Should You Do if Your Child Is Charged with a DUI?

As a parent, worrying about your child becomes second nature and this can be especially true while they are out on the road. No one wants to learn that their child has been arrested for driving while under the influence (DUI), but if it occurs, it is important to have a plan of action in place.

Steps to take if your child is accused of drunk driving:

  1. Stay calm: This step applies to both you and your child. A run-in with the law can be nerve-wracking and chances are your child will be stressed, scared, or nervous when you first speak. By formulating a plan and remaining calm, you and your child can work to reduce mistakes such as saying more than is needed to the police.
  2. Don’t talk about the details over the phone: Anything your child says can be used against them. If they are calling you from a police station, you cannot be sure what information is being overheard and you should avoid discussing the accident until your privacy is assured. This is another reason why it is important to remain calm.
  3. Inform your child to remain silent: The police can be intimidating, especially if you are unaware of your rights. While law enforcement officers will need identifying and insurance information, your child should not share anything extra. For example, if the police ask if they were drinking, they can exercise their Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.
  4. Understand the charges: The charges for underage DUI differ from those aimed at of-age drivers. For example, the legal limit for an underage driver’s blood alcohol content is .02% whereas it is .05% for drivers 21 or older. The penalties can also differ greatly and when fighting DUI charges, it is important to understand the hurdles which lie ahead. Drunk driving charges can be complex and an experienced DUI attorney can help you to navigate the legal world.

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Learn more about your legal options after a drunk driving arrest. Our Fort Collins DUI defense lawyers can review your case and provide you with an honest assessment of your options.

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Call (970) 616-6668 or email us today to schedule a time to talk with our Fort Collins attorneys about your options.
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