Several people were arrested in one Colorado city over a recent weekend in August. For one of these individuals, however, being arrested for driving under the influence was nothing new. According to police, one of the men arrested was a seven-time DUI offender.
Authorities said the 46-year-old man was driving over the legal limit for intoxication on a Saturday night. Police reportedly stopped him after suspecting that he was driving while intoxicated. They then took him into custody.
It was not clear whether all of the man’s arrests for drunk driving took place in Colorado. However, if the man is found guilty following his latest arrest, he will face felony charges. As a result of a law that passed last year, the man will face a heavy fine and also time in prison if he is convicted. According to this law, a fourth offense related to drunk driving is considered a felony that is punishable by as many as six years in prison, as well as a fine of $500,000.
When a person has been accused of DUI, he or she is considered innocent until and unless his or her guilt is proved in court. The criminal defense will work to spot any weaknesses in the case made by the prosecution. For instance, perhaps a field sobriety test was not administered properly. Even with the new stringent law that passed in 2015, evidence in a person’s case might be deemed inadmissible for various technical reasons. Defense counsel will push for the best possible outcome for the defendant, while also ensuring that his or her rights are protected during the criminal proceedings.
Source: thedenverchannel.com, “Checkpoint nets 7th time drunken driving offender“, Mark Belcher, Aug. 23, 2016