Being arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Colorado can change your life in an instant. You might not be able to return to work if you hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or are required to drive a company vehicle. This means you could have trouble finding employment and taking care of your family. So, how do you protect your future after a DUI charge?
The first step in protecting your future is to invoke your right to remain silent during the arrest. Don’t offer any information to the officer aside from your name and date of birth. You don’t have to answer questions without the presence of an attorney. You should then request to have an attorney with you when answering questions.
Working with an attorney is one way to build the strongest defense possible to the DUI charges. Many charges can be thrown out if the device used to test your blood alcohol content (BAC) level was not calibrated correctly or if the officer was never properly trained on how to use it.
Make sure you inform your employer of the DUI charge and that you are fighting it, especially if you are required to have a clean driving background in order to hold the job. Do not try to hide such a charge from your employer. This will only make things worse when they discover it.
Protecting your future is an important step when faced with a DUI charge in Summit County. You should never admit guilt without speaking to an experienced criminal defense attorney first.