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DWAI Charges in Colorado

By Lancaster Law Office LLC  Feb. 25, 2013 10:55a

Colorado is one of the states that employs a "driving while ability impaired" charge in regards to getting behind the wheel after the ingestion of alcohol and / or drugs. You can be charged with a DWAI if you demonstrate the "slightest degree" of driving impairment from taking any drug, even a prescription drug from a doctor or if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is between .05 percent and .08 percent (the legal limit). Following a DWAI, you will be subject to two different processes which will be handled independently of one another and neither of which will have any bearing on the other. These processes are the administrative DMV process which will add 8 points to your driving record and the criminal process which ensues in the courts which will determine your guilt or innocence and any subsequent criminal penalties.

A first-time DWAI charge carries penalties of 2 to 180 days in jail, fines of between $200 and $500, and 24 to 48 hours of public service. A second offense is punishable by jail time of 10 days up to one year, fines between $600 and $1500, and public service of 48 to 120 hours. Subsequent DWAIs will result in even harsher penalties. According to Judicial District statistics, in 2011 there were 1,073 DWAI / DUI arrests made in Boulder County. The average DWAI BAC was 0.155 percent. Many prescription drugs as well as over-the-counter drugs contain warnings about operating a motor vehicle due to common side effects which include drowsiness.

DUI / DWAI Defense in Boulder, Colorado

The penalties for drug or alcohol-impaired driving in Colorado are stiff. Retaining the services of an attorney experienced in the defense of these charges can make a difference between an automatic conviction and a dismissal of your case. In many cases, with a focused and knowledgeable legal approach, viable defenses can be found. That is why it is smart to consult with a savvy legal professional immediately following any DUI / DWAI arrest and charge.

At the Lancaster Law Office, you can work with an attorney who will meticulously investigate and prepare your case as if taking it to trial. This approach often leads to identifying flaws, inconsistencies, and other evidence which will be favorable to your defense. Because the firm concentrates on the area of DUI / DWAI, you will have an attorney who is well-versed in the field and who stays current with it. If you are facing DUI or DWAI charges in or around the Boulder area, contact the firm at by filling out a case analysis form to receive a free consultation.

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