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DUI Defense in Dillon

Attorney Kylie Whitaker brings seven years of experience as a criminal prosecutor and former assistant DA in Dillon area courts and has an in-depth understanding of the defense strategies for DUI cases of all types and is available by phone 24/7. Attorney Ehren Penix brings three years of experience as a criminal prosecutor and four years serving in private practice, with more trial experience than many other DUI attorneys who haven’t been to trial in years. You can expect responsive, focused DUI defense, including follow-ups after hours.

For a Dillon DUI defense lawyer who you can trust to deliver personalized service, connect with Whitaker & Penix, LLC at (970) 368-0602 today.

Charged with DUI in the Dillon Area?

Whether you live or work in the Dillon area, or were in the region as a visitor, being stopped and charged with DUI, misdemeanor, or felony, is a serious and very dangerous legal problem. The prosecutor will be intent on achieving a conviction. If successful in this effort, the accused will face fines, imprisonment, and a criminal record anyone searching your name can easily access. You have the right to an attorney – it is imperative that you choose a talented, dedicated trial attorney who can challenge the evidence against you.

Penalties for DUI in Dillon, Colorado

The penalties imposed in a DUI conviction will vary, based on whether a felony or misdemeanor charge is filed, and the prior record of DUI convictions.
  • 1st time DUI: A conviction in a DUI case can result in jail time from 5 days to 1 years, or may allow for a suspended sentence with mandatory alcohol and drug evaluation and attendance to alcohol education classes. In cases in which probation is allowed, it can be up to two years. The fines imposed range from $600 to $1,000. Community service for 48 to 96 hours, and the driver can face drivers’ license revocation for up to nine months. If the BAC (blood alcohol content) is .20 or higher, the penalties imposed are even more extreme, and often include a longer jail sentence or home detention.
  • 2nd DUI: If you have a prior conviction for DUI on your criminal record in the last five years (in any state) the penalties imposed can include 10 days to 1 year in jail, court-ordered home detention, fines up to $1,500, and if probation is the penalty, it can be up to 4 years.
  • 3rd DUI: A third conviction on a DUI offense brings severe penalties, including 60 days to 1 years in jail, with the 60 days to be served consecutively, with no ability to avoid jail time allowed. In some cases, the offender may have the option of work release. License revocation is for two years.
  • 4th or more DUI: This offense will be filed as a Class 4 felony, with a prison sentence imposed of 2 to 4 years, 3 years parole, and community service from 48 – 120 hours. The fines imposed can range from $2,000 to $500,000, two years license suspension, and the requirement to install an ignition interlock device (IID) at your own expense.

Additional Charges in DUI Cases in Dillon, CO

If you had a child or children under age 16 in the vehicle at the time of the arrest for DUI, charges of child abuse may be filed against you. In the most tragic cases, a DUI accident that leads to serious bodily injury or the death of a child, it will lead to a Class 3 felony charge for criminal negligence. The parent will also face an investigation from the Division of Child Welfare, with the risk of losing custody of the children.

Stopped by Law Enforcement and Accused of DUI? Your Conduct Matters.

If law enforcement pulls you over on suspicion of drunk driving, be respectful, follow all directions from the officers, and contact a Dillon criminal defense attorney as soon as you are allowed access to a phone. If you are visiting the Dillon area, our attorneys at Whitaker & Penix, LLC, can represent you at court and in the DMV hearing, where the issue of retaining your legal right to drive will be determined.

Contact Whitaker & Penix, LLC immediately if you are accused of a misdemeanor or felony DUI, DUID, or other alcohol or drug-related driving offense. The first step is a full review of every detail of what occurred at the initial traffic stop, police procedures in administering field sobriety tests and breath tests and may involve investigating whether the breath testing procedure and equipment were probably maintained, and other strategies that may prove effective in defending against the charge.

Contact Whitaker & Penix, LLC today at (970) 368-0602 for a fast response.