A Night to Remember
With Valentine’s Day waiting right around the corner, it’s time to panic, and throw in some last-minute planning as to how you’re going to spend that special day with that special someone.
Here in Western Colorado, nothing could be more romantic than an evening surrounded by the magnificent splendor of the red rock cliffs and mesas that embrace Colorado’s breathtaking wine country. A fine dinner with an exquisite bottle of wine and maybe a little dancing are the ingredients for a memorable evening with your sweetie.
But don’t get too carried away on the vino, Romeo. It’s easy to let the love in the air impair your judgment, and that can lead to indulging in perhaps a bit more wine than you and your honey expected. And the fact that a lot of folks get a little tipsy around dinnertime on February 14th is not lost on local law officials.
Valentine’s Day is right there on the list with New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, and Christmas as days when the rate of public intoxication behind the wheel is at an unusually high level.
And gentlemen, consider this: men make up around 75% of Colorado’s DUI court cases, and most of them are younger men in their 20s, according to a 2016 report issued by the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice.
Being convicted of a DUI can lead to fines, restricted driving enforcement, or even jail time—sometimes all three. A fourth or subsequent DUI offense is a felony in Colorado, and if convicted, you can no longer vote or own a gun. What started as a lovely, romantic evening with your dearest can turn into a devastating situation with life-altering implications.
But remember, an accused drunk-driving offender is just that: accused. You are innocent until proven guilty, and it’s the state’s job to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you in fact are guilty. By hiring an attorney, you may be able to avoid some of the worst penalties that go along with a DUI conviction. Your Grand Junction DUI lawyer is your most valuable asset throughout the process, and can negotiate a better deal for you or even convince the prosecution to drop its case.
Don’t assume your life is ruined simply because you’ve been charged with DUI. At Peters & Nolan, LLC, we have a proven record of trying and settling DUI/DWAI cases throughout the Western Slope. Give us a call at (970) 243-HELP (4357) to set up your free consultation today.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.