New Year’s Eve and Day are supposed to be a time of celebration of the year past and welcoming of a fresh start in the New Year. For many individuals, however, the start of 2015 meant time in handcuffs, spending the night in jail, and looming court dates. Many of these individuals who were arrested are facing charges of driving under the influence (DUI).
Arrests in Denver
Law enforcement officers in the Denver area and throughout the state of Colorado are fully aware of the substantial amount of revelry that occurs on New Year’s and that many individuals often decide to try to drive their vehicles home rather than opt for designated drivers, taxis, or other safer forms of transportation. For this reason, officers ramped up DUI enforcement efforts, as they have in previous years. Specifically, Denver officers targeted the Lower Downtown area near the 16th Street Mall, where fireworks attracted large crowds. Nineteen people were reportedly placed under arrest on suspicion of DUI in Denver, in addition to dozens more throughout Colorado.
Rose Bowl Arrest
Another New Year’s Day tradition involves football, specifically the Rose Bowl, the college level game played each year in Pasadena, California. This year, the Rose Bowl had an unhappy ending for one young man. Nineteen year-old Andrew Aldridge reportedly wanted to get to his car on the other side of town when he saw a nine-passenger golf cart outside the Rose Bowl stadium. Around 10 p.m., officers of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) received a call that a golf cart was driving in two different lanes on the 210 freeway–a major freeway running through Los Angeles County. Law enforcement officers forced Aldridge off the freeway, impounded the golf cart for return to the Rose Bowl stadium, and placed the driver under arrest on suspicion of DUI. Aldridge will likely face additional penalties for stealing the golf cart and for underage DUI.
It is likely that many of the individuals arrested for DUI on New Year’s Eve or Day are dreading the coming months while they deal with court dates and fear the penalties they may receive. While DUI charges can be unnerving, the assistance of an experienced lawyer can make the experience less stressful. For example, an attorney can appear with you in court, handle communications with the prosecutor and judge, and present numerous legal defenses, all in an attempt to lessen the penalties that you face and the effects on your future.
Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer in Denver if You Are Facing DUI Charges
Whether you were arrested for DUI over New Year’s or any other time, it is extremely important that you have an experienced Denver attorney handling your case. Having a lawyer who understands how to effectively defend against DUI charges in Colorado can significantly limit the consequences you may face or may even result in your charges getting dropped altogether. Facing DUI charges does not have to ruin your year; instead, call the Tiftickjian Law Firm at (303) DUI-5280 for assistance today.