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It happened. You were driving home and were pulled over for suspected DUI. You failed a Breathalyzer test and found yourself being placed in police custody. You’ve been charged with impaired driving for the first time in your life, and now you are worried that you will end up in a Colorado jail for an extended period of time.
After a DUI arrest, you may spend some time in jail or another type of detention center until you are released on bond or under the condition that you will appear in court. This does not mean that you will automatically have to spend more time behind bars than that. It all really depends on the details of your case.
While all DUI charges are treated seriously by the state, first-time offenders who have not harmed anyone may be able to seek alternative sentencing that does not include jail time. For instance, it may be possible to have your case pushed to a diversion program, which offers rehabilitation rather than punishment. Of course, seeking to have one’s case moved to a diversion program is only a step to take if fighting for a case dismissal proves an ineffective solution. Just because you have been charged with DUI does not mean that there is enough evidence for a conviction. Your legal counsel can review your case and help you decide the best course of action.
Fighting a DUI charge can prove difficult, but it is not always impossible. With legal assistance, those facing DUI charges in Colorado can take the steps to either fight for case dismissals or seek lighter or alternative sentencing options. To learn more about how an attorney can help you, please take a moment and visit our firm’s website.