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What is the difference between DWAI and DUI in Colorado?

Two terms that can come up in connection to allegations of drunk driving here in Colorado are DUI and DWAI. It is important to note that these terms are not interchangeable. Rather they describe two separate types of offenses under Colorado law.

DWAI stands for driving while ability impaired. Under state law, driving while alcohol or a drug is affecting, in the slightest degree, one’s ability to drive safely is DWAI. State law specifies that a driver testing with a BAC of at least 0.05 but below 0.08 creates a “permissible inference” of DWAI.

What are the hidden financial costs of a DUI?

A driving under the influence offense, also called a DUI, ends up being much more expensive than a simple fine. Although every situation is different, there are many hidden costs that can add to the financial expense.

If this is your first DUI, you face between $600 and $1,000 in fines, between 48 and 96 hours of community service and jail time ranging from five days to one year. This penalty goes up with subsequent offenses.

Common types of DUI crashes

It can be difficult to deal with an arrest for driving under the influence, but it is even more troubling if you are dealing with a DUI arrest due to crashing into another car or object. Many fatalities arise from drunk driving accidents.

Driving under the influence of alcohol accounts for 28 percent off all traffic fatalities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol-impaired driving caused the death of over 10,000 individuals in 2016. What are the most common types of crashes that intoxicated drivers cause?

What Happens In A Felony Case

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Not every step is taken in every case. In fact, many cases are resolved before they reach trial. Even so, you may wish to know all the steps that the case in which you are involved might go through. If you have any questions about the steps involved in a felony case, ask your Right Law Group Lawyer to explain them to you.

What Happens In A Misdemeanor Case

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Not every step is taken in every case. In fact, many cases are resolved before they reach trial. Even so, you may wish to know all the steps that the case in which you are involved might go through. If you have any questions about the steps involved in a misdemeanor case, ask your Right Law Group Lawyer to explain them to you.

Alexis' Short Bio

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Alexis graduated Magna Cum Laude, earning both a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Memphis, Tennessee. She then headed west to attend the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, in the beautiful state of CO. She studied for 3 years at DU, but for one summer she lived in Florence Italy and studied under US Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts through Pennsylvania State University. While in law school, she represented low-income clients in civil matters through the clinical program DU maintains.

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