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Kevin Churchill provides aggressive defense to all DUI charges in Denver and the surrounding Colorado counties. He is dedicated to protecting those accused of drunk driving in Colorado from unnecessary convictions and criminal penalties. Our clients do not plead guilty when a better outcome can be obtained. DUI and DWAI convictions can have life-changing consequences beyond the criminal court penalties involved. Those charged with DUI in Denver are typically everyday people such as commercial truck drivers or anyone else that must drive in order to make a living and support their family.
With 20 years of experience, Kevin Churchill has represented hundreds of clients in Colorado that have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Experience in the field allows Mr. Churchill to uncover the weaknesses in the evidence against you.
Colorado DUI laws have recently changed to include more severe penalties for those convicted of driving under the influence. It is more important than ever to have an expert DUI attorney when you have been charged with a drunk driving offense. Any offense that occurred after July 1, 2010 has increased mandatory minimum jail sentences attached, as well as the possible revocation of your driver’s license. The loss of a driver’s license is a significant burden for everyone. There are tremendous difficulties in getting to work, picking up the kids after school, or just getting your groceries at the supermarket. Hiring a competent and dedicated DUI lawyer is crucial. Mr. Churchill has represented those charged with DUI or DWAI in hundreds of cases. He handles cases throughout the Front Range and eastern Colorado. Please call our office immediately if you are facing charges, and by all means, do not plead guilty until an experienced attorney has thoroughly reviewed all aspects of your case.
Professional Licenses Affected by DUI in Denver, Colorado
The defense of a Denver DUI requires experience in a very specialized field. In addition to being well versed in evidentiary law, criminal law, and constitutional law, a good DUI attorney in Denver must understand the science behind your blood alcohol test, and have the experience to understand how the Denver police make DUI arrests. Every case is different, but the goal is always the same:
To minimize the impact a DUI arrest has on your life by reducing the charges against you or having the charges dropped altogether.
The consequences for a DUI conviction can include both lengthy jail sentences as well as the loss of your privilege to drive. Even first offenses carry a 9 month revocation of your driver’s license — and mandatory jail if your blood alcohol content is very high. Our first objective is to help you avoid a conviction altogether, and if that cannot be done, then to help you avoid unreasonably harsh penalties in Denver courts and at the Colorado DMV. It’s important to fully understand the DUI laws in Colorado so you can avoid these adverse consequences. For example, it’s essential to know that you can be charged with and convicted of driving while impaired even if your BAC is under .08 percent, which is the legal limit. You do not have to be legally impaired to be charged with a crime. Without having this information, you might think it’s a good idea to speak with the police and inform them that you only had a little bit to drink. If you find yourself in this situation, think again. If you find yourself facing any type of DUI charge in Colorado, always consult with an experienced lawyer right away. Do not speak with anyone if your attorney is not present.
DUI is a criminal charge, and can result in substantial jail sentences. The testimony of a biased police officer could convict you and send you to jail. An experienced DUI lawyer can make the difference between going to jail, or not.
Your license to drive may be revoked as a result of your DUI charge. You must act within 7 days in order to preserve your right to have a DMV hearing regarding your driver’s license. You have more than 7 days if the police tested your blood.
The evidence in DUI cases can be complicated. An attorney with many years of experience in this specialized field can be a crucial asset, pointing you in the right direction as you make decisions about how to resolve your case.
There are hefty court costs, fines, probation costs, alcohol treatment costs, increased insurance premiums, lost job opportunities, and so on. The fee that you will pay to have expert legal representation can be small by comparison. Drunk driving is a criminal offense, but with the added complexity of having scientific evidence that is unique to these types of cases. This is why it is best to hire a lawyer that specializes in DUI defense cases. Many people incorrectly assume that there is no chance to beat the case against them. It requires someone well-versed in this specialized field of law to help you determine if a conviction can be avoided in your particular case. Rarely are those breaks in the prosecutor’s case apparent to someone who does not regularly practice law in this field. When a conviction cannot be avoided, it will help a great deal to have an attorney work to minimize the penalties that you will face in court – especially on second or subsequent offenses. Additionally, having a local attorney who is well-respected by the judges and opposing counsel will be a significant benefit to your case.
The defense of your case will involve many layers of analysis, beginning with the constitutionality, or legality, of your traffic stop (or contact from the police for whatever reason). If the police did not have reasonable suspicion or probable cause to stop you to begin with, then all of the evidence against you must be thrown out. An experienced DUI lawyer will be able to recognize when this is applicable and will file the appropriate motions – in this case, a motion to suppress. If the evidence is legally admissible against you – then the analysis turns to the reliability and credibility of the evidence itself. This means the evidence can be presented in court against you, and it’s your attorney’s job to develop a plan to poke holes in that evidence and raise reasonable doubt with the judge or jury. With field sobriety tests being given incorrectly, breath machines committing testing errors, police failing to follow procedures, and evidence being improperly collected – many of those charged with DUI simply accept a conviction when there are DUI defense arguments.
Serving the Greater
Denver Metro Area
Your guilt or innocence under Colorado DUI law rests on evidence that must be closely examined before you plead guilty to any drug or alcohol driving offense. The penalties for a DUI conviction are too great to ignore the possibility that the evidence against you is wrong. Experienced drunk driving defense involves never accepting the evidence on its face. We will scrutinize the evidence that other lawyers may assume can’t be defeated, because we understand that DUI evidence is much more complicated than meets the eye. Whether this involves challenging the evidence or questioning the credibility of the police officers involved in the case, we will do everything in our power to ensure that your case receives the attention it deserves. Please give our office a call. Mr. Churchill will directly answer any questions you may have regarding your case, and give you advice about what you should do to protect your criminal record and your driver’s license.
We offer some advice about what to do when you have been pulled over on our page entitled DUI Arrest Advice. However, most people come to our website after they have already been arrested, and are now looking for advice on what steps to take to protect themselves: