DWAI vs. DUI vs. DUID
DUI And DMV Hearings Lawyer
A DUI/DWAI/DUID (drunk driving) charge or an arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs triggers both criminal penalties and civil administrative penalties. A conviction for DUI/DWAI/DUID will result in a permanent criminal record, negatively affecting many areas of life for years to come — particularly in the areas of employment, housing and financial opportunities. A conviction also frequently carries a lengthy probation sentence and can result in a jail sentence.
Driving while ability impaired — DWAI
Driving under the influence of alcohol — DUI
Driving under the influence of drugs — DUID
Additionally, DUI/DWAI/DUID charges can mean driver's license suspension or revocation in excess of one year. A driver's license suspension or revocation can have disastrous consequences in Northern Colorado where public transportation almost never adequately meets individuals' or families' needs to get from Point A to Point B in daily life.
Facing The Long- And Short-Term Consequences Of Drunk Driving
At the time of a drunk driving or DUI arrest, many people feel the impact of a driver's license suspension or revocation more immediately than any other negative consequence.
In fact, long-term repercussions of a DUI conviction, including a criminal record, can be much more serious than the inconvenience of being unable to drive. A criminal record can harm your career and complicate other areas of life for years to come.
A person charged with or arrested for DUI/DWAI/DUID in Northern Colorado is advised to contact The Law Office of Thomas W. Martin, LLC, in Fort Collins immediately to discuss his or her rights with a criminal defense attorney. There are some steps that must be taken within seven days.
What Happens After The Arrest?
Following an arrest for DUI/DWAI/DUID, in many cases a driver must request an administrative hearing through the Department of Revenue/Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within seven days. Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of a driver's right to a hearing. Drivers charged with DUI/DWAI/DUID are advised to contact The Law Office of Thomas W. Martin, LLC, to discuss the circumstances and the necessary next steps. There is no single procedure that applies to all DUI/DWAI/DUID cases. It is therefore important for a driver to consult with an experienced lawyer prior to requesting a hearing.
Fight To Keep Your License. Call Today.
Serving Northern Colorado communities such as Loveland, Greeley and Fort Collins, The Law Office of Thomas W. Martin, LLC, can help fight your driver's license suspension or revocation. We invite you to call our law firm today to discuss your DUI or DUID charges. You can also use our online form to get in touch. We offer free initial consultations to new clients.
Spanish interpretation services are available if requested in advance. Our office is not regularly staffed with bilingual associates, but arrangements can be made. (Servicios de interpretación español están disponibles si se solicita con antelación. En nuestra oficina no es regular que cuentan con personal bilingüe, pero los arreglos se pueden hacer.)