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I do not defend people who are charged with DUI in Colorado. I’m a personal injury attorney not a criminal defense attorney (though I know some very good Colorado DUI attorneys). Sadly, in my particular line of the law, I see many victims of DUI drivers and, to be honest, I am ruthless in my work on behalf of those victims. If another driver has been charged with DUI and they have injured another person because of their negligence, I will never settle for less than the full amount due my client. Any Denver personal injury attorney who seeks to settle on behalf of a DUI victim for less than the full amount owed is just victimizing that person all over again… and being lazy. They should take the case to court and sue for every dime in front of a judge and a jury. DUI drivers who hurt or kill others when they get behind the wheel should be held accountable for their actions.
That’s my soapbox, but this blog is actually about some of the misperceptions about breathalyzer tests that I hear when I’m working on DUI cases. If you think you can beat a breathalyzer, think again. And if you’re Googling “ways to beat a breathalyzer” before going to a party, then you need to just hand someone your keys… otherwise, you may be seeing me in the courtroom.
Here are some facts about DUI in Colorado and 3 reasons why you shouldn’t try to beat a breathalyzer.
What are the Colorado DUI Levels?
Also note: If a police officer suspects that you’re drinking while impaired by drugs or alcohol, you are required by law to submit to a chemical test.
Even responsible drinkers who would never have a sip and get behind a wheel wonder how many drinks it might take them to be DUI. Of course, the answer is different for everyone, depending on your gender, weight, what you’re drinking and how quickly you drink. I found a blood alcohol content (BAC) calculator at Lifeloc, a breathalyzer manufacturer, that enables you to enter different answers for all of the above variables and get an answer.
Take note: you can even download a BAC calculator on your phone to help you in making a decision about driving. Remember, though: it’s always best to err on the side of caution and get a ride home instead of getting behind the wheel.What are the penalties for DUI in Colorado?
In 2017, Colorado’s DUI laws got a lot stricter and more expensive. Imagine your life if you faced any of the following:
In addition to DUI, Colorado has even stricter limits under what’s called Driving While Ability Impaired. This means that you can be charged with a criminal offense even if you’re not DUI. You can be charged with DWAI when your blood alcohol content is .05%. Depending on your body type and drinking habits, that could be one drink!
Also, the penalties for DWAI in Colorado include fines and maybe even jail time. And of course, you’ll have a record. Again, it’s not worth it. Not only because of the fines and jail time but because you could hurt yourself or others.
I’ve seen hot-shot corporate big wigs, broke college kids, women on “moms night out,” and even book club participants who ruined their lives by getting behind the wheel after too many drinks. And I’ve seen their victims; people who were minding their own business and now have to live with chronic pain and physical limitations. Worse, I’ve met with family members who lost loved ones to DUI drivers. Please be smart and get a ride home if you’ve had too much to drink. If you have any questions about this article, please give me a call.