What to Expect When You’re Pulled Over for DWI

  • Robert Biondino,
  •   DWI
  •   None

Whether you’ve had a few too many or thought you could just make a quick ride home after a party, getting pulled over on suspicion of DWI can happen to pretty much anyone. It’s important to understand that if you are driving after drinking it is a possibility, and you should know what you can expect during a DWI stop. You should always cooperate with and be cordial with officers, but here are a few other things you can expect to happen when you’re pulled over on suspicion of DWI.
1. To be asked to take sobriety tests.

If an officer suspects that you’ve been drinking — because of your driving, your behavior, or the smell of your car — you can expect to be asked to perform sobriety tests during a traffic stop. Typically, a breathalyzer is used to calculate a person’s blood alcohol content (BAC). The legal limit in Colorado is a BAC of 0.08% for drivers over the age of 21 and is 0.02% for drivers under the age of 21. Other tests like the horizontal gaze test and walking in a straight line are also used.

2. To face very serious consequences.

Another thing you can expect from being pulled over on suspicion of DUI is to face very serious consequences. This is why any motorist accused of DUI needs to hire a DWI defense attorney. The fine alone for a first offense in Colorado can be between $300 and $1,000. Furthermore, even first time offenders can spend between five days and one year in jail and be sentenced to 48 to 96 mandatory hours of public service.
3. To need to hire a criminal defense attorney.

Since the repercussions of a DUI charge can be very severe, you can also expect to need to hire a DUI attorney. The best DUI lawyers can, at the very least, fight so that you get the most lenient sentence possible, if you get convicted at all. You should find an DUI attorney as soon as possible after the charge.
Have you ever been pulled over and charged for DWI in Colorado? Feel free to share your experience with us in the comments section below.

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