Drunk driving arrests in Colorado
Any motorist may be stopped by a law enforcement officer at nearly any time. Even if the motorist feels that he or she was following all traffic laws, he or she still may be pulled over by police if the officer has a valid reason for the stop.
Once the stop is underway, if police observe any evidence of impairment on the part of the driver, they may begin a DUI investigation. This means that the officer may ask the motorist to participate in field sobriety tests. If there is enough evidence at the scene to show that the driver is impaired, the officer may make an arrest.
Most police officers in Colorado have a great deal of experience dealing with drunk drivers. Over the Fourth of July weekend, nearly 500 drivers were arrested for DUI within Colorado. Nearly 70 of those arrests took place within the Denver area.
When a person is arrested for DUI, police must follow certain procedures to ensure that the motorist’s rights are protected. First, the driver must be engaging in some type of behavior that justifies a traffic stop. Perhaps it is weaving over the center line or speeding, or maybe an equipment problem, such as a burned-out headlight, that results in the officer making a stop.
Police may ask the driver if he or she has been drinking that evening, especially if signs of impairment are present, and in many cases, the individual will respond to the question. That information could potentially be used in any subsequent legal proceedings connected to the traffic stop.
Motorists may decline to take field sobriety tests, but officers may decide to make an arrest anyway. After the arrest, the police will request a blood-alcohol test to determine if the driver is over the legal limit. It is important to remember that those who refuse these tests will see an automatic license suspension.
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, remember that you have the right to remain silent. Police are hoping that you will want to discuss your case, and they will be eager to use anything that you say to help obtain a conviction.
An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you understand what you need to do to contest these accusations. When building a defense to the charges you are facing, it is important to review the actions of the arresting officer, to ensure that your rights were not violated during the process. These can be extremely difficult cases to win, and you need to work with someone who knows how to present a strong defense on your behalf.