Aspen, Colorado is renowned for its scenic beauty, world class skiing, and frequent celebrity guests. Perhaps you were visiting on vacation or are a local resident in need of legal representation for a DUI or criminal charge. Tiftickjian Law Firm, P.C. offers superior legal defense for Aspen and Pitkin County residents and visitors charged with driving under the influence (DUI), Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID), Possession of a Controlled Substance, and other major traffic and drug-related charges.
Driving Under the Influence Charges
If you have been charged with a DUI in Pitkin County, you have an upcoming court hearing at the Pitkin County Courthouse, located at 506 E. Main Street in Aspen, CO 81611. Your first appearance is generally to advise you of what the pending charges are and the potential penalties that you face if convicted of one or more of those offenses. In addition, the judge will review your driving history to determine whether there are any prior DUI or DWAI convictions, and if there are, you will be ordered to comply with monitored sobriety as a condition of your release while the court case is pending. While it is unlikely that the case would resolve at the first hearing for multiple reasons, it is important to have counsel for all scenarios that could come up.
If you reside outside of Colorado, or even if you are a Colorado resident in most circumstances, the judge will excuse your appearance for the first hearing if you have counsel already retained. In this scenario, the judge would likely order the case be continued for a future pretrial conference hearing, so that meaningful discussions can take place before you appear in court. While we have been able to resolve DUI cases in Pitkin County without our out-of-state resident clients ever having to personally appear in court, anyone should expect at least one personal appearance, potentially more.
The DUI laws are located in Colorado Revised Statutes, starting at 42-4-1301. There are potentially serious criminal consequences as well as long-term driving consequences with a DUI charge. If the officer claims that you refused to take the breath or blood test, or you did take a breath test with a result of .08 or more (21 or older), or even .02 or more if you were under 21, you also likely have to formally request a DMV hearing within 7-days of the incident or you forego your right to challenge a driver’s license revocation and your ability to drive is taken away. If you live outside of Colorado, you also have special issues surrounding your driver’s license and ability to operate a vehicle in your home state. A DUI or DWAI conviction also requires mandatory jail time for repeat offenders or individual’s with blood of breath results of at least .020, and in some cases first offenses that involve DUI accidents. These are some of the reasons that it is crucial to immediately consult with a qualified attorney that understands the intricacies specific to DUI law and administrative driver’s license hearings.
For those charged with drug possession (cocaine, prescription pills, ecstasy, etc.), you are facing the potential of a felony conviction and prison. Even the smallest amount of schedule one or two controlled substances is a drug felony 4 in Colorado pursuant to the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.). The most common drug-possession charge in Colorado is Colorado Revised Statutes 18-18-403(5), Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, a drug-felony 4 with a sentence of up to a year in the Colorado Department of Corrections. Even more serious are charges for unlawful distribution, manufacturing, dispensing, sale, or possession with intent, which in many cases mandates mandatory prison-time if convicted. Tiftickjian Law Firm has achieved successful results for clients facing possession of a controlled substance and all types of drug distribution related charges, including dismissals, diversion agreements, deferred judgments, misdemeanor plea bargains, and not guilty trial results, and can help you or a loved one if facing a similar situation.
Tiftickjian Law Firm, P.C. provides excellent DUI and criminal defense in Colorado. Whether you were arrested and charged in Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Redstone, Leadville, or anywhere in Pitkin County, Garfield County, or Eagle County, DUI attorney Jay Tiftickjian and Tiftickjian Law Firm have a stellar reputation in the Roaring Fork Valley for providing skillful representation and successful case results. This is evidenced by the firm’s listing in U.S. News Best Lawyers and Law Firms, and Attorney Tiftickjian’s AV preeminent rating with Martindale-Hubbell and listing in Colorado Super Lawyers over the past decade for DUI and criminal defense. Attorney Tiftickjian has been published in the areas of drug law and DUI litigation, frequently presents to lawyers and judges on DUI and drug laws, and is the state’s “go-to” authority in this area of criminal defense.