When you are facing DUI or DWAI charges in Colorado, you are likely wondering what your chances are of beating the charges.
We know that you may have
We often work with clients who want to know: how often do DUI cases get dismissed? And if I cannot have my case dismissed, how often do DUI cases get reduced? At Miller Leonard, PC, we have years of experience assisting clients with Colorado DUI law and DUI defense strategies, and we can discuss your case in more detail with you.
In the meantime, we want to provide you with more information about having DUI cases reduced and dismissed in Colorado. It is important to keep in mind that each case has its own set of facts, and whether you will be able to have the charges reduced or dismissed altogether can depend upon a number of factors.
Common Factors in Getting DUI Charges Reduced or Dismissed
There is no definite answer to whether your DUI charges can get reduced or dismissed without speaking directly with a Colorado DUI attorney about the facts of your case. As we mentioned above, every case comes with its own set of circumstances that can impact the likelihood of a case being dismissed or having charges reduced.
At the same time, however, there are some common factors that exist when a person is able to beat DUI charges or have them reduced, including but not limited to the following:
- Person charged with a DUI is a first-time DUI/DWAI offender;
- Person facing DUI charges does not have a prior criminal history;
- Mitigating factors exist in the person’s case;
- Evidence exists to support a specific DUI defense strategy.
Reducing or Dismissing Charges for First-Time Offenders
Often first-time offenders without a criminal history will be able to have their charges reduced with the help of an experienced Colorado DUI defense attorney. Reducing charges may involving both reducing the charge itself and/or reducing the possible penalties.
However, it is important to keep in mind that, if you have your charges reduced, you will need to plead guilty to the lesser offense. Depending upon the lesser offense or the guarantee of a lesser penalty, you could still have a criminal record that could impact your job prospects in the future.
For example, you may be able to have your possible penalties reduced from criminal penalties to administrative penalties, such as a license suspension or points on your record.
Getting Charges Dismissed with a Successful DUI Defense Strategy
The best way to have your charges dismissed is to work with a DUI defense attorney in Colorado to develop a successful DUI defense strategy for your case. Common DUI defenses include but are not limited to the following:
- Police or other law enforcement officials did not have reasonable suspicion to stop your car or probable cause to arrest you for a DUI;
- Field sobriety test was performed improperly;
- Breathalyzer test was improperly administered;
- Law enforcement officer administering the breathalyzer test was not properly trained to perform the breathalyzer test;
- Blood test was performed inaccurately;
- Blood test results were tainted due to contamination;
- You consumed food or medicine that resulted in a “positive” reading on a chemical test, but you were not actually driving under the influence; or
- Rising blood alcohol concentration (BAC), meaning that you were not actually driving under the influence when you were stopped, but because your chemical test was administered long after your stop, rising BAC resulted in your having a BAC of 0.08 or higher.
Contact a DUI Defense Attorney in Colorado
If you are facing DUI charges and want to learn more about having your charges reduced or getting the case dismissed, you should discuss your options with a Colorado DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible.
The sooner you get in touch, the sooner we can begin developing a DUI defense strategy that is tailored to your case Contact Miller Leonard, PC to learn more about the services we provide to clients facing DUI charges in Colorado.