4 Reasons You Need an Attorney for a First-Time DUI Offense


Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a misdemeanor in Colorado. The offense can result in penalties including fines, imprisonment, and community service. Many individuals convicted of first-offense DUI assume that it is an infraction. However, that's not true.

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and are wondering if you need an attorney for a first-offense DUI, this post is for you.

Find out all the reasons why you need a defense attorney for a first-time DUI offense.

Explain All the Consequences of Your Offense 

If you’re convicted of a first DUI offense, you might not be aware of the consequences that a DUI charge comes with. By consulting an attorney, you can effectively learn how to proceed with your charge and increase your odds of case dismissal or reduced charges in court.

Also, if you’re pleading guilty to a DUI, an experienced defense attorney can guide you about the potential consequences of a guilty plea.

Increased Chances of DUI Case Dismissal

If you have been charged with a first DUI offense, working with a professional and experienced defense attorney will help you dismiss your case. Experienced defense attorneys can identify potential loopholes in the prosecutor’s case, which strengthens your defense and increases the likelihood of case dismissal even before appearing in court.

Effective Negotiation with the Prosecutor

While working with an experienced defense attorney increases your chances of a DUI case dismissal, there are other reasons why you should hire one. Even if your DUI case isn't dismissed, an experienced defense lawyer can effectively negotiate with the prosecutor to reduce or drop your charges to a lesser crime.

For example, an experienced defense attorney can negotiate with the prosecution to reduce your DUI offense into a reckless driving charge, which has less severe legal consequences.

Defense at Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Hearing

If you've been charged with a first-offense DUI, the law enforcement officer may confiscate your driver’s license and issue a temporary license for thirty days. Meanwhile, you get a chance to appeal at the DMV hearing within ten days of your arrest. If you win the hearing, you can continue to drive to and from school and work until the outcome of your case is pending in court.

If you win the case at the court, your driver’s license will be restored.

Working with a defense attorney increases your odds of winning at the court, but it also increases your likelihood of winning the DMV hearing.

Hire an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney at the Law Office of James Colgan

If you or a loved one has been charged with a first-offense DUI, it’s best to immediately contact an experienced defense attorney at the Law Office of James Colgan. Our legal experts can assist you in defending your DUI conviction and get the best possible results. Connect with us today for confidential communication.

November 28, 2023

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