Experienced Glenwood Springs, CO DUI Defense Attorney
Driving under the influence of alcohol in excess of the legal limits is a serious crime that can result in substantial and long-term consequences for drivers who are arrested.
However, whether a driver is actually under the influence isn’t always clear. Police officers try to make those determinations on the highway, but even in the 21st Century the available methods for detection are far from fool-proof.
All too often, drivers who are unimpaired and acting within their rights are nevertheless accused of driving while drunk or high.
Naturally, that’s a frightening allegation. Any encounter with the police can be intimidating, let alone an accusatory one. People who are pulled over are often unsure of how to respond, and they might say or do things that negatively impact their legal interests later on.
If you’ve been charged with a DUI in Colorado, it’s important for you to understand that there is still hope for overcoming your DUI charge.
The stakes are very high. If convicted, you could pay large fines, spend time behind bars, earn a criminal record, and lose your driving privileges. Those penalties then impact your ability to keep a job, earn an income, and hold your head up high.
That’s to say nothing of the impact on your auto insurance premiums, which can rise astronomically in the wake of a DUI conviction. The whole situation quickly spirals into a nightmare.
At The Law Offices of Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C., I help people accused of DUI in Colorado take an aggressive and effective stand for their rights.
My office has been fighting DUI charges for the people of Glenwood Springs and Garfield County and greater Colorado for nearly a quarter of a century. During that time, we have developed sharp strategies that make a sincere difference in so many of our clients’ cases.
As your Glenwood Springs DUI lawyer, you can count on me to fight hard for a dismissal in your case – and, if a dismissal is not possible, for the best possible outcome. I want to see you go home with a clean record and peace of mind.
Don’t face your DUI charge on your own. Instead, contact The Law Offices of Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C. and ask for a free consultation.
Types of Drunk Driving Charges in Colorado
Colorado pursues drunk driving offenses in several different ways. Some of the more common charges include:
Driving under the influence (DUI): Evidence is critical to a DUI charge. You can count on me to examine all of the evidence with a keen and critical eye. For example, did the officer have probable cause to pull you over? Were you informed about the reason for the stop? Was the Breathalyzer test administered properly? Did law enforcement follow all of the proper protocol? You might be surprised by how often police make mistakes. Often, those mistakes lead to dropped charges.
Driving under the influence of drugs (DUID): The crime of driving under the influence of drugs is of increasing importance here in Colorado, thanks in large part to the legalization of recreational marijuana in our state. That change in the law has only opened the door for police to pursue DUID charges more aggressively, and I am extensively involved in defending Coloradoans against that charge. I am well versed in all of the latest science on THC intoxication, the latest detection technologies (and their deficiencies), and the cutting-edge legal arguments that are most effective against DUID.
Traffic offenses: Not every traffic offense involves drugs or alcohol, of course. But many do. In fact, you might find yourself charged with a traffic offense in conjunction with a DUI, DUID, or other such offense. As your Glenwood Springs and Garfield County DUI defense lawyer, I can handle all of the charges against you with the same reliable passion and skill – even your more minor traffic charges.
As your Glenwood Springs and Garfield County DUI defense lawyer, I am prepared to handle each and every charge against you, including those that might not pertain directly to the alleged DUI infraction. My Colorado criminal defense law firm is well poised to make a significant difference in your case.
Marijuana and Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID)
As previously stated, Colorado has seen an increased interest on the part of law enforcement and police to seek out cases of driving under the influence of drugs since legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. While marijuana may be legal for various recreational uses, it is important to note that driving while under the influence of any drug, marijuana included, is still a serious crime in the state and can lead to different legal charges.
Understanding the issues revolving around marijuana legalization and specifically driving while under the influence of marijuana is important for citizens and residents of Colorado. Knowing that, many times, officers are either poorly trained or make mistakes when looking for indicators of driving under the influence of drugs can be very helpful when presenting DUID cases. Divided attention, poor coordination, and a slowed internal clock are all observations that officers look to make when determining whether somebody is driving under the influence of drugs.
While many police officers and courts may treat DUID cases like they would treat regular DUI cases, they should not be considered the same charges. The defense has the responsibility to point out the differences of DUI and DUID in the court, and can do so through expert testimony, superior understanding of the law, and a basic grasp of the science involved.
Since the legalization of recreational marijuana use in the state, DUID prosecutions are, unsurprisingly, on the rise in Colorado. Because police are paying more attention to these cases, Colorado residents need to be more aware of the legal implications of their action. Mark S. Rubinstein is actively defending against DUID charges and similar charges, utilizing his years of experience with these sort of crimes.
We can help your case with a full understanding of the following:
- The latest detection technologies (and their imperfections)
- The most recent science on THC intoxication
- Other drugs and the problems police run into when testing for them
- Up-to-the-minute caselaw and the evolving rules of law
Time Is of the Essence. Act Now.
In my office, you will find a Glenwood Springs DUI attorney who will give you his undivided time, energy, and attention. I will fight for you, and I believe I can make a difference by helping you to stay out of jail and walk away with the best possible record.
Please contact me online, call me locally at (970) 945-7233, or call toll free at 1-855-704-0888. I’m proud to offer a free consultation to answer your questions and help you take your next steps today.