Watch Out for a Holiday DUI in Grand Junction
The holidays have arrived, and with them, holiday traffic. The period from Thanksgiving to New Year tends to be the busiest time of year on our state’s roads, and that means more accidents. It also means there’s a greater risk of DUI arrests, even in a small community like Grand Junction.
At Peters & Nolan, LLC, we understand firsthand how devastating a DUI conviction can be. Driving under the influence should be avoided at all costs, but if you or a loved one has been charged with DUI, it’s imperative to have someone on your side who can advocate on your behalf.
For over two decades, Andrew J. Peters and Andrew J. Nolan have represented defendants in the Western Slope who have been accused of a DUI or DWAI. Our firm has handled thousands of these cases. Call us today at (970) 243-4357 to schedule a free consultation.
Law Enforcement Is Ready to Arrest Inebriated Drivers
Every year, Grand Junction Police Department and other law enforcement agencies initiate a campaign to go after intoxicated drivers. This means they have more cops on the roads around the holidays, resulting in a significant uptick in arrests. For instance, in 2013, during the period from December 20th to January 2nd, the department made 23 arrests alone. The effort is bolstered by state grants that allow for increased overtime and more DUI checkpoints.
During the holidays, there’s no place for overzealous enforcement that targets drivers who aren’t actually drunk. The legal limit in Colorado starts at .08%, which means a person might register as intoxicated after only a couple of drinks. That’s not to mention cases that involve faulty or defective tests on the part of law enforcement. This might be due to malfunctioning equipment, or a failure to administer the test properly or in a timely manner.
The Penalties for a Conviction Can Be Severe
According to Colorado law, a first-time conviction for a DWAI carries with it an 8-point penalty toward license suspension, a $500 fine, 48 hours of public service, probation, alcohol counseling, and over $500 in court costs. Two drinks will get most people in the DWAI blood alcohol range.
For a first-time DUI, there is an administrative license revocation for 9 months to one year, up to a $1,000 fine, 96 hours of public service, probation, alcohol counseling, and over $500 in court costs.
For each offense after the first, the penalties increase. A DUI conviction can cause damage to your reputation, both personally and professionally. Just an arrest could be enough for you to lose your job and make it hard to find future employment. You should not hesitate in putting together the best possible defense after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence—especially in Mesa County, which tends to throw the book at defendants.
A skilled criminal defense lawyer can get started right away trying to get your charges reduced or dismissed altogether. If you or a loved one has been charged with driving under the influence in the Grand Junction area, Peters & Nolan, LLC, can help. Call us today at (970) 243-4357 to schedule a free consultation.
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.