Getting arrested for DUI does not mean you will be convicted. Police misconduct, defective breathalyzers and crime lab mistakes may be enough to get your charges lessened or dismissed. Visit our page on Colorado DUI Laws to learn more.
4 – 12 years in prison with a mandatory 5-year parole period.
3. DUI defenses
Ten common defenses to drunk or drugged driving charges include:
The police pulled over the defendant with no probable cause.
The police did not give proper instructions for the field sobriety test.
The breathalyzer was defective.
The police mishandled the breathalyzer.
The blood test sample was contaminated.
The police waited too long to take a chemical test.
The person who tested the blood was not certified.
The person who calibrated the breathalyzer was not certified.
The high BAC number was caused by a medical condition.
The high BAC number was caused by rising blood alcohol.
Ultimately, the D.A. must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If the defense attorney can raise this reasonable doubt, the charge may be dismissed.
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