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The DUI Process, Part 1: Pullover and Arrest

Welcome to our comprehensive series on the intricacies of Colorado DUI cases, where we break down the process from arrest to case resolution. In this first installment, we delve into the initial stage: the DUI stop.

The Dreaded Flashing Lights:

Picture this scenario: It’s late, you’ve enjoyed a couple of beers with dinner, and you’re heading home from a restaurant. Suddenly, the red and blue lights of a police car illuminate your rearview mirror. Uncertainty grips you as you wonder if it’s a routine check or if you’ve committed a traffic violation.

The Stop:

You pull over, and so does the officer. This is the moment where your interaction with the legal system begins. The officer will request your documents – license, registration, and insurance. While you retrieve them, the officer observes your behavior for any impairment. Expect questions about your origin, destination, and alcohol consumption. Remember, you have the right to remain silent, though maintaining politeness is advised.

Field Sobriety Test Dilemma:

After checking your information, if the officer suspects intoxication, they may propose a field sobriety test. It’s crucial to understand that you’re not obligated to undergo these tests, despite any implications the officer may make. Politely declining is well within your rights. Notably, these interactions might be recorded by the officer’s dashcam, so discretion is vital.

The Decision Point:

Your actions during the stop influence the officer’s decision to release you or take you into custody. For the sake of our series, let’s assume the officer believes there’s probable cause for arrest. This pivotal moment leads to the dreaded click of handcuffs and the uncomfortable journey to the police station.

The Uncomfortable Ride:

As you sit in the cruiser’s back seat, the reality of the situation sinks in during the lengthy ride to the police station. The uncertainty of what lies ahead adds to the tension. It’s important to note that this stage marks the transition from a routine traffic stop to a potentially life-altering legal process.

The Arrival:

Finally, you arrive at the station, facing the next phase of the DUI process. This initial encounter sets the stage for the following legal proceedings, emphasizing the importance of understanding your rights and navigating the complexities of DUI cases in Colorado.

In this first segment of our series, we’ve explored the critical moments leading to a DUI arrest in Colorado. Understanding your rights and knowing how to navigate these encounters can significantly impact the trajectory of your case. Stay tuned for the upcoming installments, where we’ll guide you through the subsequent stages, shedding light on the intricate journey from arrest to case resolution. 

Do you have further questions or concerns? Call us or contact the attorneys at Thomas & Ahnell, LLC, and we will be happy to help.

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