Driving under the influence (DUI) is a criminal charge that carries potentially serious penalties in Colorado. While a DUI charge can have severe consequences on its own, people arrested on suspicion of DUI often face other citations or charges simultaneously. Whether you face a DUI alone or with other cases, it is always imperative that you consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
DUI and Driving Without a License
A recent study of Colorado court records showed that of 45,637 DUI citations issued from April 2012 to April 2014, 10,978 drivers did not hold a valid driver’s license at the time of their arrest. That means that approximately one-fourth of all drivers facing DUIs had their license suspended or revoked, or had never received a license.
The offense of driving without a license carries its own penalties, potentially including extensive fines and additional license suspension. People who face this charge as well as a DUI may risk losing their driving privileges for some time unless they have an experienced attorney defending them.
DUI and Leaving the Scene of an Accident
It is fairly common for a driver who has been drinking to flee the scene after being involved in an accident. This generally occurs because the driver does not want police to arrive on the scene and arrest them for DUI. However, the offense of leaving the scene of an accident can mean additional charges and consequences if the driver is later found. According to Colorado law, leaving the scene of an accident may result in the following classification of charges:
· If the accident caused property damage = class 2 misdemeanor
· If the accident caused injury to any person = class 1 misdemeanor
· If the accident caused serious bodily injury to any person = class 4 felony
· If the accident caused death to any person = class 3 felony
Additionally, conviction for leaving the scene of an accident can result in loss of your driver’s license.
DUI and Drug Possession
If a police officer places you under arrest on suspicion of a DUI, he may decide to search at least part of your vehicle incident to your arrest. In many situations, people who may be driving after drinking may also have been using a controlled substance. If a police officer finds drugs in your vehicle, you may be charged with possession of a controlled substance. Depending on the amount of drugs that were found, a conviction for drug possession may result in substantial fines and time behind bars.
Contact a Denver DUI Defense Attorney to Discuss your Case
Whether you are facing a DUI charge alone or combined with any other type of ticket or charge, your first step should always be to contact an experienced Denver DUI defense lawyer to represent you. Jay Tiftickjian provides the highest quality of representation in every DUI case, no matter what additional charges you may face. If you have been arrested, call our office at (303) DUI-5280 for help today.