It can be a scary feeling when you see those red and blue flashing lights in your rearview mirror. However, you must stay calm and pull over to the side of the road safely when you’ve been stopped for DUI. Be courteous to the officer when he asks for your license and registration. If the officer suspects you of driving while intoxicated, he may ask you to perform one or more Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs). It may be in your best interest to refuse the roadside tests. These tests vary from following a pen light with your eyes to reciting the alphabet and standing on one leg.
The officer may ask you to submit to a chemical test which requires a breath, blood or urine sample in order to determine your blood alcohol level (BAC). In the state of Colorado, a BAC of .05% is the legal limit for a DWAI (driving while abilities impaired) and the legal limit for a DUI is .08%. You do not have to submit to a chemical test. However, if you refuse a chemical test, you may lose your driver’s license for a year.
Both DUI and DWAI violations carry penalties that are best avoided by refraining from driving if you have been drinking. If you or someone you love has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, retaining the services of an experienced Colorado Springs drunk driving lawyer can help you out considerably. The attorneys at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. have years of experience helping those who have been charged with DUI and DWAI violations in Colorado. Depending on the circumstances of your arrest, our attorneys may be able to get your charges lessened or dismissed. For more information, please call us at (719) 475-2555.