Fort Collins DUI Facts
If you ever come face-to-face with a law enforcement officer accusing you of drunk driving, you’ll need to know a few facts to help navigate the encounter.
You should also be familiar with the statistics around this crime and how to protect yourself from false charges and other punishments you didn’t deserve.
Here are 10 Fort Collins DUI Facts:
- A person is injured every two minutes from a drunk-driving incident
- A police officer must have a legal reason to pull you over
- Don’t help law enforcement or the district attorney build a case against you
- Don’t tell the officer how much you’ve had to drink
- Don’t do the roadside tests unless you’re completely sober
- You don’t have to answer when asked how drunk you are
- If asked, DO NOT refuse to take the blood or breath test
- Mandatory jail time is not often required for first-time DUI convictions
- Hire an attorney who will investigate your case
- Someone is killed every 51 minutes by a drunk driver in the United States
For more information on these ten items, keep reading.
A person is injured every two minutes from a drunk-driving incident
Unfortunately, Driving Under the Influence is a common crime in the United States. On average, someone is injured every two minutes because of a drunk-driving accident.
This is why law enforcement in most states in the US is cracking down on drunk drivers, often leading to unnecessary stops and arrests for those who aren’t driving while intoxicated.
A police officer must have a legal reason to pull you over.
Law enforcement could pull you over for many reasons including careless driving, vehicle damage, having a burned out headlight, and, most importantly, suspicion of intoxication.
If you’re driving erratically, or a police officer thinks you are, you could be pulled over even if you have nothing in your system. If the officer thinks you’re intoxicated, the law enforcement officer may ask you to complete a roadside test or breathalyzer.
Don’t help law enforcement or district attorney build a case against you
The officers involved in any DUI incident and the District Attorney are looking for ways you can help them build a case against you.
Don’t give them any more information than you required and get a lawyer as soon as you can if you are charged with a DUI.
You don’t have to say how much you’ve had to drink
Officers will ask you how much you’ve had to drink if they pull you over for suspected DUI. It’s important to note that you are under no legal obligation to disclose any information, especially how many drinks you’ve had. You can be vague or just refuse to answer.
Don’t do the roadside tests unless you’re completely sober
You’re also under no legal obligation to perform a sobriety test on the side of the road. Unless you’re completely sober and wrongfully accused, don’t do the test. Law enforcement can use this test as evidence against you in court.
You don’t have to answer when the officer asks how drunk you are on a scale of 1 to 10
Again, officers will probably ask you this if they think you’re driving under the influence. You don’t have to answer this question. Any answer you give could be used against you.
DO NOT refuse to take the blood or breath test
This is the one sobriety test that you should take. If you refuse, you’ll lose your license automatically in Colorado.
Usually, jail time isn’t required for first-time offenders except in unusual circumstances; you won’t get any jail time for a first-time DUI offense. Law enforcement officers could threaten this to get you to consent to more questions and tests.
Hire an attorney who will investigate your case
In the long-run, it’s cost-effective to hire an attorney experienced in DUI cases who will investigate your case.
Every DUI case is different; an experienced attorney may be able to navigate you through the legal system. An experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to help you avoid jail time and other costly punishments from law enforcement.
Someone is killed every 51 minutes by a drunk driver in the United States
Please stay safe on the road and avoid putting yourself in a dangerous situation. Law enforcement officers everywhere are trying to pull suspected drunk drivers off the road.
In Colorado, motorists are encouraged to dial *CSP (*277) to report intoxicated drivers