First Step After DUI Arrest 

This is an in-depth list of the FIRST steps you must take to give yourself the best outcome in the case of a DUI arrest. Contacting good legal help will greatly improve your odds. Call Shipp-Law at (970)-927-2255 at NO CHARGE and follow the recommendations you receive from experienced legal counsel.

What YOU Don’t Know.

When facing a DUI charge in Colorado, you must contact a DUI attorney immediately. There is a long list of things you may not know about that we will tell you on your first call, at NO CHARGE. These include an automatic revocation of your driver’s license if you fail to request a DMV hearing within seven (7) days of the issuance of an Express Consent Affidavit and Notice of Revocation,  advise to read your Bond Conditions form closely to be sure that they allow travel outside of the state after arrest,  checking bond conditions to see if you are required to contact pretrial services to arrange for random testing pending your first hearing, checking your first court date which often is different than the bond return date, preparing you for your numerous deadlines, discussion of whom, if anyone that you can talk to about facts of your case, advice to write down immediately everything you can remember in DETAIL about what happened at time of your arrest, and giving you outline of the entire process.  WARNING, do not talk to the prosecuting attorney to tell him your side of the case.  Anything you say can and will be used against you!

Breathalyzer testing in Colorado

If you took a breath test for alcohol, do not think that the machines are absolutely correct. The breathalyzers can produce false positives that can be triggered by medical conditions. In addition, if you were overheated from being in a hot tub, exercising heavily, using a heating pad,  fever, these can interfere with the machine’s ability to correctly detect your level of impairment. If you have chewing gum, tobacco, or a removable dental appliance in your mouth, any of which may hold alcohol, the test results can be affected.  Tell your attorney about anything that you think could have impaired your test results. 

Field Sobriety Test

When you are asked to take a field sobriety test the officer has a requirement to tell you the testing is VOLUNTARY.  His failure to do so can invalidate the testing scores.  With modern body cam videos, we have good proof of that failure.  Also if you are more than 65 years of age or more than 50 pounds overweight the tests have not been certified to indicate impairment for your group. Many weather conditions can affect the eye testing including blowing dust, rotating overhead lights, and traffic too close to the testing area.  These can cause false positives.  Certain spinal or leg conditions as well as inter-ear injuries or infections can cause balance issues and the appearance of impairment of the one-leg stand or the walk-and-turn testing.

 DO NOT Incriminate Yourself. 

The officer may ask where you have been.  Never tell him you have been to a bar or a pool hall.  Never admit to drinking anything.  You do not have to answer his questions and you can exercise your right to remain silent

Get Help

You may receive a court summons and be taken to a detox facility, released to a sober person, or held in country detention until your bond is posted. Seek a DUI attorney to improve your chances of successfully beating your case. Call Shipp-Law at (970) 927-2255 for FREE- NO CHARGE,  we offer experienced help and can give you the information you need.