Adams County Lawyer
Adams County DUI FAQ
The penalties for a DUI, DUID, DWI, OUI or DWAI in Adams County and the rest of Colorado can be harsh. Mothers Against Drunk Drivers rates Colorado 4 out of five stars in DUI enforcement. Colorado's DUI, DWI, OUI law requires a minimum nine month to one year drivers license suspension for a first offense. If you had a high alcohol level over 0.2 BAC or prior DUI convictions expect mandatory jail. These are only some of the possible DUI consequences. For example, a conviction for DUI-marijuana in Adams County requires a one year drivers license suspension! Cliff Hypsher is a former Adams County Assistant County Attorney and is acknowledged as one the best DUI lawyers in Colorado. Cliff has successfully defended thousands of people accused of drunk driving and drugged driving over the last twenty years. If you're charged with DUI or DWAI in the following cities: Aurora, Bennett, Brighton, Federal Heights, Henderson, Northglenn, Thornton, Strasburg, Watkins, Westminster your case will probably be sent to the Adams County Courts located at the Adams County Justice Center, 1100 Judicial Center Drive, Brighton, Colorado 80601.
Summary of Adams County DUI Penalties
|Violation||Mandatory Jail||Jail Time Range||Misd./Felony||Community Service||Fines||Probation|
|DWAI First||None*||10days-6Months||Misdemeanor||24-48hours||$200-$500||up to 2yrs|
|DUI First||None*||5days-1yr||Misdemeanor||48-96hours||$600-$1000||2-4yrs||2nd DUI/DWAI more than 5yrs||10days**||10days-1yr||Misdemeanor||48day-120hours||$600-$1500||2-4years||2nd DUI/DWAI within 5 years||10days***||10days-1yr||Misdemeanor||48-120hours||$600-$1500||2-4year||3rd DUI/DWAI||60days****||60days-1year||Misdemeanor||48-120hours||$600-$1500||2-4years||4th DUI/DWAI or More||N/A||2-6years DOC||Felony||N/A||$2000-$5000||3years Parole|
*All convictions over 0.20 BAC must serve at least 10days jail, Work Release or IHD
**IHD and Work Release possible
***Work Release Possible
****Work Release Possible, must serve full 60 days, consecutive
If you were arrested and released but did not have to "bond out" of jail, your summons or ticket tell you the date of your first court appearance. You should talk to an experienced Adams DUI lawyer well before that date. If you were arrested and had to post bond, you may have to appear in Adams County Court with your DUI lawyer for a "bond return." Generally, you must make all scheduled appearances on time or face a warrant being issued for your arrest. Continuances of your court date are generally not granted over the telephone or by mail. We try to schedule a "pre-trial conference" in Adams County Court to allow time to for your DUI lawyer to order police reports etc.("Discovery") from the district attorney and, if necessary allow for investigation of your case. We'll schedule a telephone conference or face to face to discuss your case before the first pre-trial conference.
The Adams County, County Court handles all misdemeanor DUI, DUID and DWAI cases. DUI is a misdemeanor in Colorado unless you have three or more prior offenses. Offenses that count towards the three prior limit are DUI, DWI, DWAI, OUI, Vehicular Assault, Vehicular Homicide and similar offenses if committed in another state. The fourth or subsequent offense may be prosecuted as a felony. Felony DUI cases in are heard in District Court. Only the criminal portion of your case is handled in court, i.e., charges for which you can be fined, jailed or placed on criminal probation. Decisions effecting you driver's license will be handled by the Colorado Department of Revenue, DMV.
During the pre-trial phase of your case, your DUI lawyer will discuss the case with the Adams County District Attorney and attempt to negotiate a reasonable settlement of your case. This is also the time when additional discovery uncovered by our investigation will be requested from the District Attorney. Finally, at a pre-trial conference your lawyer will work out any scheduling matters and discuss any court orders that might be needed. If the district attorney refuses to make an acceptable offer, you may set the matter for jury trial.
Colorado License Suspension
Your drivers license may be suspended or revoked if you've been charged with DUI, DUID or DWAI in Adams County. If you refused a breath or blood test you must request a hearing with the DMV within 7 days to protect your license. Similarly, if you took a test and the result is over 0.08 you must also request a hearing as soon as possible. You or your DUI attorney may make your hearing request in Adams County at the full service office located at 11900 North Washington St., Northglenn, CO 80233. I prefer to make requests at the Main DMV office, 1881 Pierce Street Lakewood, CO 80124. The actual hearings are usually held at the main office. When you make a DMV hearing request you should also be issued a temporary driving license unless you are already suspended.
Adams DWI Penalties
Colorado Law establishes a number of consequences for a DUI or DWAI conviction in Adams County include the following penalties: driver's license revocation, jail sentence, probation sentence, monitored sobriety, fines and court costs of up to several thousand dollars. Increased insurance costs and difficulty in in obtaining employment are also possible consequences. Jail or "In Home Detention" is mandatory if you have prior DUI, DUID, OUI, DWI or DWAI convictions. You may be looking at a Felony DUI conviction if you have three or more prior convictions. With these possible penalties its best to consult with an Adams County DUI lawyer before you go to court.