DUI/DWAI

HELPING YOU PREPARE A STRONG LEGAL DEFENSE

A conviction for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) or Drugs (DUID) or Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) by either alcohol or drugs in Longmont, Colorado and throughout the state can cost you your driver’s license, your freedom, and a significant amount of money. Specifically, you may be ordered to complete substance abuse treatment, community service, or a jail term, and you may be fined.

The degree of punishment varies with the number of times you are convicted for the same offense. As the laws and punishments in the area of DUI have become stricter, the need to seek a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after you are charged has increased as well.

DUI and DWAI Defined

“Driving under the influence” (DUI), or what is sometimes referred to as “drunk driving,” means driving a motor vehicle or vehicle when you have consumed alcohol or one or more drugs, or a combination of alcohol and one or more drugs, that affects you to a degree that you are substantially incapable, either mentally or physically, or both mentally and physically, to exercise clear judgment, sufficient physical control, or due care in the safe operation of a vehicle.

“Driving while ability impaired” means driving a motor vehicle or vehicle when you have consumed alcohol or one or more drugs, or a combination of both alcohol and one or more drugs, that affects you to the slightest degree so that you are less able than you ordinarily would have been, either mentally or physically, or both mentally and physically, to exercise clear judgment, sufficient physical control, or due care in the safe operation of a vehicle.

With either offense, the penalties can be severe. And, while deciding to “take the easy route” and plead guilty or accept a plea deal might seem like a good decision when faced with an intimidating and confusing criminal justice system, that choice can have long-term ramifications on your life and on your family. Before you take any action regarding your DUI, DUID, or DWAI charge in Boulder County or anywhere in Colorado, it is critical that you get input from a successful criminal defense lawyer.
Contact former Boulder County Chief Deputy District Attorney Amy Okubo to understand your rights and learn how she can aggressively defend you in court. The initial consultation is free and her strategic approach and compassionate guidance can make all the difference in your case.