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When Should You Hire a DUI Lawyer?

Heckman & O'Connor, P.C. is Prepared to Fight For You

Ideally, you want to avoid a DUI conviction. License suspension and revocation make it difficult to get to work. If driving is required for employment, you could find that you are out of a job. In addition to losing your license and other penalties, your car insurance rates may increase significantly or you could have trouble getting car insurance.

A DUI conviction has a serious impact on your life. At Heckman & O’Connor, our Edwards DUI lawyers are knowledgeable of Colorado DUI laws and prepared to defend your case. Our law firm is intentionally small, so we are able to provide the high-quality representation and personal attention that you need and deserve.

Arrested for DUI? Contact us at (970) 919-1114 for a FREE consultation.

DUI Laws and Penalties in Colorado

In Colorado, the legal “per se” blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08%. When a driver has a 0.08% BAC or higher, a DUI conviction is possible without any other evidence of impairment. Operating a motor vehicle is considered to be consent to submit to chemical testing for alcohol, such as breathalyzer, blood, or urine testing. Failing to submit to testing can result in a revocation of driving privileges for up to one year.

The possible penalties for a DUI conviction include:

  • License suspension or revocation
  • Fines
  • Jail or prison sentences
  • Mandatory alcohol education and treatment
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device

The specific penalties depend on several factors. For example, prior convictions result in more severe consequences. In addition, an individual may be charged with aggravated DUI for a BAC of 0.17% or higher and Colorado has a zero tolerance law for underage DUI, meaning that a conviction is possible with a BAC of only 0.02% for drivers under the age of 21.

Don’t wait to get the legal help you need. Call (970) 919-1114 for a free consultation.