Jefferson Colorado Lawyer
Jefferson DUI Laws
Choosing the right lawyer to fight a drunk driving charge in Jefferson County Courts isn't as easy as it might seem. Simply handing thousands of dollars to your DUI attorney is a waste of money if he or she isn't willing to fight for you. Drunk driving cases from following cities will end up in Jefferson County Courts: Arvada, Bow Mar, Conifer, Edgewater, Evergreen, Littleton, Genessee, Golden, Lakeside, Lakewood, Morrison, Ken Caryl, Kittredge, Wheat Ridge, or Westminster The Jefferson County Courthouse is located at 100 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden, CO 80401. Colorado law prescribes penalties for a DUI, DUID or DWAI from probation to a term in the Colorado Department of Corrections depending on such factors as the number of prior violations, timing of such violations and alcohol level. The Colorado Department of Revenue, DMV in Lakewood, CO will also try to suspend or revoke your driver's license as part of a DUI.
Summary of Jefferson 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
Drivers License Consequences
Your driver's license may be suspended or revoked if you've been charged with DUI, DUID, OUI, or DWI in Jefferson County. If you must drive for work, school or medical reasons you should request a hearing with the DMV within 7 days of being stopped to protect your license. No "hardship licenses" are available for Colorado DUI driver's license suspensions. Hearing requests can be made in Jefferson County at the full service office located at 16950 West Colfax Ave, Golden, Colorado or at the Main DMV office, 1881 Pierce Street Lakewood, CO 80124. A 60 day temporary driving license will be issued unless you are already suspended for another reason. The seven day limit applies to DUI refusals and breath tests over 0.08. If you took a blood test, you will be notified by mail of the date by which you must request a hearing.
Your summons or ticket should have the date of your first court appearance. However, if you were arrested and had to post bond, you may have to appear in Jefferson County Court with your DUI lawyer for a "bond return." Most Jefferson County judges will issue a warrant for your arrest if you fail to timely appear for any scheduled court date. Good DUI lawyers often re-schedule the first court date for a "pre-trial conference." Re-scheduling the case for a pre-trial conference allows time to for your lawyer and his staff to obtain necessary information about your case from the district attorney. Our lawyers schedule a telephone conference or face to face to discuss your case before the first pre-trial conference.
Your DUI attorney will attempt to negotiate a reasonable settlement of your case with the Jefferson District Attorney during one or more pre-trial conferences. During the pre-trial you attorney may also request evidence from the District Attorney that was withheld previously. You may set the matter for jury if the DA won't cooperate in a reasonable settlement. trial.
Jefferson County has two levels of DUI court. Felony DUI cases, i.e., a fourth or subsequent prosecution, are heard in "District Court." Non-felony DUIs (a first, second, or third DUI, OUI and DWAI cases) are handled in the County Court. DUI, DWI, OUI, DUID or DWAI are misdemeanors in Colorado if you have two or less prior convictions for drunk driving. Only the criminal portion of your case gets 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.
Jefferson DUI Penalties
Possible consequences of a DUI, DUID, OUI, DWI or DWAI conviction in Jefferson 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. Jail or "In Home Detention" is mandatory if you have prior DUI 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 a lawyer familiar with Jefferson County. Attorney Cliff Hypsher is a former Assistant Attorney General who represented the Colorado Department of Revenue, DMV. He is acknowledged as one the best DUI lawyers in Colorado and has been successfully defending people accused of drunk driving and drugged driving from harsh consequences for over twenty years.