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It is no understatement to claim that the heartbeat of your entire future skips a beat the moment you are charged with a felony or misdemeanor crime. Consequences for violent assault crimes, identity theft, or even a very first DUI are severe in Golden, Colorado. Drug charges are also severe; even in a state where marijuana has been legalized for recreational use, you can still be charged with various crimes involving marijuana, including possession for large quantities. In addition, driving without a valid license is a misdemeanor crime for which you may face fines and jail time.
When it comes to driving under the influence charges in Golden, Colorado takes prosecuting these crimes to a new level. There are two types of alcohol-related offenses you can be charged with if you are suspected of impaired driving. A DUI is standard across the board — you can be charged with some version of DUI in every state if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) measures 0.08 or above. In Colorado, you can also be charged with DWAI, or “driving while ability impaired,” if you are suspected of impairment but your BAC only measures 0.05.
For either of these offenses, you can face fines, license suspension, license points, and community service or jail time. You will likely also need to undergo an alcohol or drug education program if you are convicted, and you may need to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle.
Using marijuana can also lead to DWAI/ DUI charges, as Colorado presents a legal limit of 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood. If a police officer suspects you are driving high on marijuana, all he has to do is issue a blood test and find out how much THC was present. If you refuse the blood test, you can face similar penalties as you would if you refuse a breath test for suspicion of DUI. This typically leads to a license suspension.
Regardless of whether you have committed a first offense or a third offense, or you face misdemeanor or felony charges, you cannot expect to succeed at trial without the aid of a knowledgeable defense attorney. A Golden criminal defense lawyer like Miller Leonard is an instrumental asset in any criminal defense case. With over 17 years of experience litigating criminal defense cases in Colorado courts, Miller Leonard has vast experience fighting for justice.
Attorney Miller Leonard has practiced as a former State Prosecuting Attorney, a State Public Defender, and a Special Assistant United States Attorney. He has experienced the law on all sides, and is dedicated to protecting the rights of his client at each step of the legal process. If you face charges for alcohol or marijuana DUI, drug possession, identity theft, sexual assault and/ or battery, or you are a repeat DUI offender, contact Golden Criminal Defense Attorney at (720) 613-8783 for a free and confidential legal consultation.