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You have rights when you're stopped for driving while intoxicated

Bring charged with drunk driving can make it impossible for you to get back behind the wheel. Many times, those who are arrested and convicted of this crime have their driving licenses suspended, making it impossible for them to drive legally. This can impact your ability to hold down a job. Having a conviction on your record can make it harder to get a new job and even to rent an apartment.

Every year, 30,000 people are arrested in Colorado for driving drunk or impaired. Some people may be intoxicated by alcohol, and others may be influenced by prescription or illicit drugs. When you are stopped, you'll be asked to perform a roadside sobriety test, which can be faulty. For instance, if you have poor balance or medical issues, you may not be able to pass the test.

Remember that police must have a reason to stop you. If you were not disobeying traffic laws, then the officer likely had no reasonable suspicion that you were driving while intoxicated. That could make the stop illegal, making your case null and void.

Your attorney will work with you to discuss the options for your case. It's important that the police follow strict and standardized procedures when stopping and testing someone for intoxication. If they do not follow the rules, your case may not be able to go to court, and it could be dismissed or dropped.

Our website has more information on what to do if you're unfairly stopped and tested for drunk driving. With the right help, you can defend yourself and make sure you're treated fairly by the courts.

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