Navigating the Process
DUI & DWAI
Criminal & Collateral Consequences
DUI Attorney 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 in Larimer County, CO. Firm founder Rachel A. Michael is a former prosecutor and public defender with an excellent record and reputation as a proven trial attorney. We aggressively fight for the best possible outcome while compassionately guiding you through every step of the DUI criminal process in Northern Colorado.
Creative Defense to DUI & DWAI Charges in Fort Collins
Our Fort Collins DUI attorneys' 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 is the Legal Limit for Alcohol in Colorado?
The blood alcohol concentration limit (BAC) for adults 21 and older in Colorado is 0.08% for DUI and 0.05% for DWAI. Every person's body processes alcohol differently depending on their size and genetics, which means it may take more or fewer drinks before your BAC reaches the legal limit. Someone who weighs 180lbs may be able to consume eight beers before reaching the legal limit, but someone who weighs 120lbs may only be able to consume two beers before their BAC reaches .08%. Because the blood-alcohol absorption rate changes from person to person, many people who “feel fine” enough to drive are actually over the legal limit and can be charged with a DUI after only a couple of drinks.
What Should You Do if Your Child Is Charged with an Underage DUI in Colorado?
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 an Underage DUI:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Fort Collins DUI Lawyer
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. Learn more in our DUI Resource Center.
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