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53 Things to Know About How To Get Out Of A DUI in Colorado

BONUS thing:

5 things the District Attorney does not want you to know :

  1. He does not have all the witnesses available to prove his case.
  2. He has exculpatory evidence which would prove your innocence.
  3. You have a right to a jury trial within six months of pleading not guilty.
  4. He has evidentiary problems in proving your blood alcohol level.
  5. He's bluffing.

7 of the facts that must be proved before you can be found guilty:

  1. Your identity
  2. As a driver
  3. Of a motor vehicle
  4. In the state of Colorado, while
  5. Your blood alcohol level was over one of the prescribed limit or
  6. You were substantially incapable of driving (driving under the influence) or
  7. You were affected to to slightest degree in your driving ability.

What you must do at the Motor Vehicle Division immediately to preserve your right to drive:

10 questions your attorney must ask you.

  1. What your itinerary was prior to arrest.
  2. Your consumption of alcoholic beverages.
  3. Your observations of the officer.
  4. The officer's stated reasons for stopping you. There are bad stops.
  5. Whether the officer asked or ordered you to take roadside tests.
  6. Your performance on roadside tests.
  7. Statements you made to the officer.
  8. What the results were of any breath or blood tests.
  9. Whether there were witnesses to your arrest.
  10. Whether you were observed for 20 minutes prior to a breath test,
It is important to hire an experienced attorney.

What are the 4 items crucial to your defense?

  1. A good investigation of the facts.
  2. Vigorous cross-examination.
  3. A sound understanding of constitutional principles.
  4. An experienced attorney.

What is the one thing your attorney must do to raise objections based on the Summons and Complaint?

Why a jury trial is advisable:

What is necessary to get a jury trial?

How the arresting officer's testimony can be impeached:

  1. Inconsistant statements.
  2. Failure to recollect.

5 requirements which must be followed for chemical and roadside tests to be valid:

  1. The officer must have had a reasonable suspicion that you were violating the law.
  2. The officer must have either had probable cause to arrest you or obtain your consent for roadside tests.
  3. The officer must tell you that you have a right to refuse a portable breathalyzer test.
  4. The officer must have probable cause before he arrests you and before he requires you to take a chemical test.
  5. The officer must give you your Miranda rights after you are arrested, if he is going to interrogate you.

What are the 2 key pieces of information which must be learned in deciding to go to trial?

  1. An estimation of the weaknesses and strengths of the State's case against you.
  2. The effect of a conviction.

How to determine if you can plea bargain, and at what step you should do it.

What effect will this arrest have on my license and when will I be able to drive?

How to save your license if you're found guilty in court?

What 4 preliminary motions should be filed, and the danger to you if they aren't.

  1. Motion to suppress evidence on the ground that you were unconstitutionally stopped.
  2. Motion to suppress evidence on the grounds that there was an unconstitutional search and seizure.
  3. Motion to suppress statements on failure to give Miranda rights.
  4. Motion for Discovery of all evidence.

If these motions are not filed, your case may not be dismissed when it should have been. You may not be told about evidence which would prove your innocence.

7 defense tactics in pre-trial motions:

  1. Contest the constitutionality of the stop.
  2. Contest the constitutionality of the administration of roadside tests.
  3. Contest the constitutionality of the probable cause to arrest.
  4. Contest the constitutionality of the Miranda rights.
  5. Contest the manner in which roadside tests were given
  6. Contest the use of a Portable Breath Tester.
  7. Contest the constitutionality of any search and seizure.