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February 2015 Archives

How does field sobriety testing factor into DUI defense? P.2

In our last post, we began discussing the issue of field sobriety testing. As we noted, the Standard Field Sobriety Test consists of several discrete tests. It is important for readers to understand that they do not have to submit to field sobriety testing, and it usually in their interests not to do so, since officers essentially get to decide whether they think you passed or failed and this judgment can be inaccurate.

What does it take to convict a defendant for drunk driving in Colorado? P.2

In our last post, we began speaking on the issue of what exactly it takes to be convicted of drunk-driving charges in Colorado. As we noted last time, it is not the case that prosecutors always need to have evidence that the defendant was at or above the legal limit for blood alcohol content at the time of arrest. Such evidence does make it easier to obtain a conviction, but it isn’t necessary in all cases.

What does it take to convict a defendant for drunk driving in Colorado?

All of our readers have heard the term "legal limit" in connection with drunk-driving charges, and know that it refers to a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent. Many states besides Colorado have the same legal limit for drunk-driving, so this is fairly common knowledge.