- What is fact, and what is fiction? Equip yourself with the right information by discerning the truth from myths and urban legends.
- Do you talk or text on your cell phone while driving? The National Safety Council provides an overview of distracted driving and the research studies that explore its consequences.
- For some sobering statistics on drunk driving and alcohol-impaired driving fatalities, visit the Century Council website.
- Being or choosing a designated driver can be an effective way to keep the roads safe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration outlines the Designated Driver program and why it is so critical.
Whether or not you have been drinking, remember that you do have certain rights in case you are ever pulled over for and suspected of drunk driving. Knowing your rights can help prevent self-incrimination, making it easier for your DUI lawyer to prepare your DUI or DWAI defense if the case goes to court.
The Right to Remain Silent
Slurring of speech may be used against you in the court of law. Even if you haven't been driving drunk, a nervous stutter could be misinterpreted as slurred speech. Under the Fifth Amendment, you have protection from self-incrimination, meaning you can refrain from answering any and all questions that the police officer asks you. You do not have to tell the officer how many drinks you've had, and your refusal to speak cannot be held against you in court.
Refusing a Sobriety Test
There is a difference between a field sobriety test and a chemical test. Field sobriety tests involve testing coordination and balance and may include acts that some uncoordinated people cannot perform even when they’re sober. You have the right to refuse any field sobriety tests.
Choosing Chemical Testing
All states have an implied consent law, which means you consent to chemical testing when you get your driver's license. In most cases, your license can be automatically suspended for refusing to submit to chemical testing. If suspected of DUI or DWAI, you can choose between taking a blood test or a breath test. A breathalyzer is a device used by the police to determine your blood alcohol content. Because hand-held breathalyzers do not measure BAC directly, they do not always provide correct or accurate information about one's level of intoxication.
What you do in the first seven days after your arrest is critical in protecting your privilege to drive. If you have been charged with a DUI or DWAI in Denver, then you need a DUI lawyer. Contact The Orr Law Firm LLC today to learn more about possible courses of action. The Orr Law Firm, L.L.C. is Colorado’s premier DUI defense law firm and focuses exclusively on DUI and criminal traffic defense. Call us today at (720) 279-9588.
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In an economy where people are lucky simply to have a job, some are wondering how 18th Judicial District Attorney Carol Chambers has been able to give out bonuses of up to $3,000 to attorneys that meet certain criteria. Chambers, reports 9News, “is giving bonuses to her deputy attorneys who tried more than five cases last year and have a conviction rate higher than 70 percent.”
While Chambers states that her office can afford to pay out the bonus money, others are concerned less about the finances and more about justice. Scott Storey, First Judicial District Attorney, comments that “when you get competitive like that and when the mission becomes trials and how many trials you can get rather than to the pursuit of justice, then I just think that sends the wrong message to your prosecutors and to the community… Our job is not to directly tie the conviction rate, trials or plea bargains to a monetary figure.”
The concern of prosecutors like Storey centers on Chambers providing an incentive that could be construed as a financial interest at trial, an interest that could open the floodgates to defense attorneys appealing lost cases and that puts a price on justice. Attorney Mitch Morrissey comments, “what matters is that you go in there and you seek justice. And you do the best job you can and then you leave it up to 12 citizens to make a decision.”
The bonuses, insists Chambers, were given “to support staff and attorneys for morale and to recognize hard work, quality of work, positive influence and contribution to the prosecution team.”
To read the full story and accompanying video, please visit 9Wants to Know online.
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This past St. Patrick's Day weekend, it appears that some Denverites ran out out of the "Luck of the Irish." According to Colorado State Patrol and reported by KDVR 31, 682 drivers were arrested for DUI between March 11 and March 18.
While five people did die in autombile accidents during that period, KDVR 31 reports that "none of those fatalities appear to be alcohol-related."
Colorado State Police are encouraging drivers to download the R-U-Buzzed phone application developed in conjunction with the CDOT. The application is free and available for iPhone and Android.
What you do in the first seven days after your arrest is critical in protecting your privilege to drive. If you have been charged with a DUI or DWAI in Denver, contact The Orr Law Firm LLC today at (720) 279-9588.
Safe driving means no drunk driving and, perhaps, no driving at all. Whether it's cutting down on distractions or designating a sober driver, protect yourself and others by paying attention to your driving habits. To make sure that you are as safe as possible, we have compiled a list of resources to help you become a more responsible driver:
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