DUIs and DWAIs: Our Philosophy

June 14, 2019

DUIs and DWAIs: Our Philosophy

For first time as well as repeat offenders, a DUI or DWAI charge has immense consequences on your personal and professional life.  

Impaired driving is a mistake just about anyone could make once or twice.  You shouldn’t have to suffer for it for a lifetime.

If you are a repeat offender, there is most likely some other underlying issue that is leading to your behavior that has been missed and you need help to address.

Call us now at (720) 445-9779 for a free consultation on your DUI/DWAI case, or email us at I[email protected].  We are here to listen and help you.

Penalties for DUI offenders can snowball rapidly. Major penalties include:

  • First DUI: 5 days minimum jaiI; 9 month license revocation through DMV; $600-$1,000 fine; 48-96 hours of useful public service;
  • Second DUI or DUI with a high blood alcohol level (BAC): 10 days minimum jail; 1-year license revocation through DMV (if second offense within 5 years); $600-$1,500 fine; 48-120 hours of useful public service;
  • Third DUI: 60 days minimum jail with another year jail suspended; 2-year license revocation through DMV; $600-$5,000 fine; 48-120 hours of useful public service;
  • Four or more DUIs: up to 6 years in prison; or probationary sentence with 90-180 days or 120 days-2 years in county jail; 2-year license revocation through DMV; up to $500,000 fine; up to 120 hours of useful public service.

As a result, we believe looking at clients with a broader perspective and recommending the best plan for personal success is the most effective approach to DUI cases.  At Peak Legal Services, LLC, attorneys Doug and Todd are here to listen and help you through the process of putting your DUI behind you.

We make the client’s legal risks and options, future success, and financial means priorities.

In an initial consultation, we will perform an honest and thorough assessment of your case.  We are straightforward about whether you should take a litigation approach or a mitigation and plea bargain approach.

We are trial lawyers with years of battle-tested trial experience.  But we will not waste your hard-earned money by fighting every battle.  Frequently, such overly aggressive tactics cost clients a lot in legal fees and get them nowhere but jail.  Instead, we strategically fight legal battles that we think are winnable.

Call us now at (720) 445-9779 for a free consultation on your DUI/DWAI case, or email us at I[email protected].  We are here to listen and help you.

We take a flexible and strategic approach when dealing with DUI and DWAI cases.  We first will tell our clients if we think we should challenge the prosecution’s evidence, such as:

  • Whether police had reasonable suspicion to make a traffic stop;
  • Whether police followed proper procedures in conducting roadside sobriety tests and whether the tests were accurately documented;
  • Whether police had probable cause to invoke Express Consent and request you take a chemical test of your blood or breath to determine your blood alcohol level (BAC); and,
  • Whether police and their agents performed the tests properly;
  • Whether police and their agents used equipment that was certified and in proper working order; and,
  • Whether police body and/or dash camera footage is consistent with their written reports.

By listening to and working with our clients, we will identify if there are any weaknesses in the government’s case and craft the best legal defenses possible.

However, if we think litigation is a non-starter in your particular case, we will pivot to more of a mitigation strategy for first-time as well as repeat DUI offenders.  The goal of course is to get you off of the path that leads to jail and prison, as well as endangers your safety and the safety of others.

With your participation, we create a complete mitigation plan that may include referrals to experienced therapists and professionals to get you back on the right track for court and in your life in general.  Through these mitigation steps, we ensure that our clients demonstrate to the court that they are accepting responsibility and working to address their substance abuse issues and/or any underlying issues.

Our approach to DUI cases often involves treatment and counseling, as we help our clients to heal and move past a dangerous and stressful time in their lives, and to avoid new DUI convictions and loss of their license.   

From treatment to trial and beyond, we are committed to supporting and advocating for our clients as whole people.  As such, we include as part of our legal fee representation of clients at the DMV-Express Consent hearing involving license revocation.  We do not charge extra to represent you at that hearing.

Call us now at (720) 445-9779 for a free consultation on your DUI/DWAI case, or email us at [email protected].

We are here to listen and help you.

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