Colorado DUI: Frequently Asked Questions
If you’ve been arrested for driving while under the influence, your mind is probably filled with questions. What happens now? Will you lose your license? How will you get to work if you do? You’re not alone. There were over 1000 DUI citations given in Colorado in 2016 alone. Your concerns and questions are valid, and attorney Ann Toney has assembled the most commonly asked questions to help give you the answers you need.
Do I need legal representation for a DUI in Colorado?
If you value your freedom, the answer to this question is yes. When you’ve been convicted of a DUI, you risk many things. You could lose your driver’s license, be required to serve time in jail, have an ignition interlock device installed on your car (at your own expense), attend alcohol education and therapy programs, and pay enormous fines. These are just the immediate effects. Your DUI conviction will stay on your record for life, and will likely affect your personal and professional life in ways you don’t even realize yet.
Put it this way: if you needed heart surgery, would you ask your mechanic to perform the surgery? No, you’d want a specialist on your side. Ann Toney is that specialist, with decades of legal experience in DUI law. She has successfully represented many Colorado DUI cases and has extensive experience in the complexities of Colorado DUI law.
Can I represent myself in my DUI case?
From a legal standpoint, yes, you are able to represent yourself. However, Colorado DUI laws are complex laws that require specialized knowledge to interpret. While you have the option to represent yourself, you are much more likely to receive a positive outcome if you have an attorney who possesses this specialized knowledge working to represent your interests. Without an attorney, you may be unable to recognize the different defenses that will work in your favor or be able to discover the resources you need to prepare your strongest defense.
Keep in mind that without proper legal representation, you will have no one on your side. The judge, jury, and prosecutor are not looking out for you. If there is a way to convict you, the prosecutor will find it. Will you risk losing everything in order to represent yourself?
Why should I choose attorney Ann Toney?
As a former prosecutor, Ann knows all the ins and outs of DUI law in Colorado. She has received specialized training in gas chromatography (the process used to detect alcohol in the blood) in both Colorado and Chicago, Illinois. Approximately every two years, Ann receives up-to-date training in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. She has a unique and valuable set of skills and knowledge that make her the obvious choice if you are in search of an attorney who can win your DUI case.
Who will represent me in court?
There will be times Ann will ask a trusted colleague to accompany you to court but Ann is the one handling your case and defending you.
Will I lose my driver’s license?
Driving a vehicle is a freedom we take for granted – until the ability to do so is taken away. If you can’t drive, you may not be able to work. And if you can’t work, you can’t live. Ann will do everything within her power to see that you don’t lose your driving privileges, or minimize the effect that losing your license would have on your everyday life. While each case is different, and there can be no guarantees given, she will employ specific strategies that will minimize the chance of you losing your license.
When should I hire a DUI attorney?
The short answer is: as soon as possible after your arrest.
The legal process your case requires will take time, but it is imperative that you contact an experienced, skilled DUI attorney immediately after your arrest. There are steps you may be able to take right now that will help preserve your driving privileges, but you won’t know until you consult with an attorney who is familiar with the process and the steps that need to be taken. You will also want to preserve evidence – paperwork, pictures, records – to ultimately build the strongest possible defense.
When will I have to appear in court, and what will happen to me?
You’ll be given a court date at which you’ll need to appear, and at that first appearance, you’ll be advised of the charges against you. Every situation is unique, but the judge may restrict your driving privileges at this first appearance, as well as choose to have your sobriety monitored via an ignition interlock device, restrict your travel, and require that you report in periodically with a pre-trial supervision officer.
Contact Ann Toney For A Free Consultation
There is no need to attempt to represent yourself, and cause yourself additional stress over and above what you’re already experiencing. Let the Colorado DUI expert, attorney Ann Toney, give you the benefit of her decades of experience and extensive knowledge of Colorado DUI law. Contact her at 303-399-5556 or via her online contact page.