Colorado Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Attorneys
A DUI conviction in the state of Colorado can change your life in ways you may not even be able to imagine. You could lose your driver’s license, find yourself unable to afford auto insurance, and could face criminal penalties as steep as jail time and very high fines. Additionally, you will have a permanent mark on your criminal record as well as your DMV history. For all these reasons, it is essential that you contact an experienced Boulder DUI Defense Lawyers as soon as possible following your DUI arrest. Rather than struggling to save your driving privileges or facing criminal charges alone, make sure you have someone in your corner who will fight aggressively for your rights and who truly cares about your future.
The state of Colorado has two levels of alcohol-related driving offenses. Both offenses are based on your BAC (blood alcohol concentration). The legal BAC limit in the state of Colorado for those over the age of 21 is 0.08 percent. For those under the age of 21, the legal BAC limit is 0.02 percent. DWAI (Driving While Ability is Impaired) has a legal BAC limit of 0.05 percent.
You have the right to contest your driver’s license suspension following Colorado DUI charges, however you must ask for a DMV hearing within seven days of your arrest. Experienced Boulder DUI Defense Lawyers from Mertes Law Firm can help you navigate this DMV hearing, as well as helping you address your criminal charges, and determining the best way to proceed.
With some exceptions (medical issues, extraordinary circumstances or pending felony charges, to name a few) you are allowed in the state of Colorado to choose your DUI test, however once you have notified the officer of your choice, you may not change your mind. There is no easy answer as to which test you should choose, as they both have pros and cons. Obviously, a breath test is less invasive than a blood test however the breathalyzer uses an “average” partition ratio regarding the absorption of alcohol into the lungs, and not everyone will absorb alcohol at the same rate.
Fortunately, in the state of Colorado, the jury can be presented with evidence of differing partition ratios, therefore you could be in a better position if you choose a breathalyzer. A blood test tends to be more accurate and the state of Colorado allows you to have your blood submitted to an independent testing laboratory. Refusing a test, while providing no evidence that you were over the legal limit, can make it more difficult to defend your DUI, as a refusal is admissible as evidence of guilt.
Whatever your particular situation, do not handle your Colorado DUI on your own—contact the Mertes Law Firm as quickly as possible after your arrest. Our Boulder DUI Defense Lawyers will aggressively defend your rights and work hard for your future. Call us today at 303-440-0123 immediately to start building a solid defense to these serious charges.
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Successfully defended a CU student in a Title IX Sexual Misconduct claim alleging non-consensual sexual contact and sexual intercourse on campus at CU Boulder. No criminal charges filed, client found not responsible.
Burn injury case at a nursing home in Boulder, settled for $675,000.
Slip and fall accident at a fast food restaurant in Longmont, settled for $82,500.
Personal injury case in Denver tried for a verdict exceeding policy limits ($390,990 with costs and interest).
Negligent snow board accident at a ski resort, settled for $225,000.
Professional malpractice claim in El Paso County, settled for $140,000.
Car accident in Longmont resulting in a brain injury. Settled for $350,000.
Bicycle accident in Boulder County resulting in a damaged shoulder. Settled for $120,000.
Rear-end car accident in Boulder, settled for $245,ooo.
Sex assault trial involving a religious cult in Boulder. Resulted in a not guilty jury verdict.
Second degree assault charge in Boulder reduced to a misdemeanor menacing charge.
Sex assault on a cognitively impaired person charge in Boulder that resulted in a not guilty jury verdict.
Domestic Violence and second degree assault charge in Longmont reduced to a misdemeanor with deferred sentence.
DUI charge in Weld County reduced to Careless Driving.
DUI charge in Longmont, reduced to Careless Driving. Work up of the client’s medical condition resulted in a plea result, but also saved the client from blindness when an untreated glaucoma was identified as a causal factor.
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