Our firm focuses on DUI defense. For this reason this blog emphasizes not only the legal issues associated with DUI law, but also the practical issues of staying safe on the road and avoiding DUI arrests.
In an earlier post we addressed some of the risks and issues associated with New Year’s Eve. New Year’s Eve is the fourth deadliest day of the year on the roads, and it consistently ranks number one for DUI arrests.
In Colorado, the holiday season can be particularly challenging for motorists because of the cold weather and accompanying snow and ice. These hazards are particularly pronounced over the holidays for two reasons:
- More cars on the road means more congestion and greater likelihood that something can go wrong.
- Many of the additional cars on the road are driven by people from out of the area who are less familiar with proper driving methods in snow and ice.
DUI and Weather Hazards
There are generally three ways to get arrested for DUI. The first is to be stopped at a checkpoint. The second is to be pulled over for a traffic violation that you would likely not have committed if you were not impaired (such as crossing into the opposing lane). The third major way to be arrested for a DUI is to be involved in an accident. Regardless of whether you are driving badly or not, roadway hazards caused by inclement weather can increase the likelihood that you will be in an accident.
In practice, this means that even if you are driving fine, but have a little bit of alcohol on your breath, you could be subjected to a DUI investigation or arrest simply for hitting a patch of ice on the road. Even if you are below the legal limit, you may still be arrested for DUI. Often the mere fact that you are in an accident, even if it is not your fault, will be viewed by the police as probable cause to arrest you for DUI.
It is critical that you exercise extreme caution on the roadways during this time of the year. We strongly recommend that you avoid driving altogether if you have consumed any alcohol. Sometimes this is unavoidable due to an emergency or other factors. In these cases you should use the utmost caution on the road and be particularly vigilant for icy conditions.
Contact Denver’s Premier DUI Attorneys Today
If you have been arrested for suspicion of DUI, particularly under the circumstances described above, you do have a fighting chance in court. While no case is exactly the same, you may have a defense available to you. The attorneys at Tiftickjian know exactly how to analyze the facts and applicable law of your case, employing experts and investigators to discover all available defenses for you. Contact us today to request a free consultation. If we take your case, you can be assured that you will be receiving the best available legal representation. Don’t face the legal system alone. Just because you were in an accident, it does not mean it was your fault and it does not mean you were driving under the influence.