Individuals who have dealt with a Colorado DUI know that it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible so that they do not have to face such serious charges alone. However, it is important to keep in mind that your involvement with the Colorado legal system may not be over when your DUI verdict is entered. For some individuals, jail time may accompany a conviction. For most individuals, they will face at a minimum a set of strict DUI probation requirements. Violating your Colorado DUI probation terms is a serious matter that could land you in jail, so if you have violated your DUI probation terms, it is important to contact a Colorado criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Potential Consequences of Colorado DUI Probation Violations
An individual can violate his or her probation in a variety of ways, including but not limited to:
- Failure to attend a mandatory court hearing pursuant to probation;
- Failure to abstain from alcohol and/or drug use if required to;
- Tampering with or failing to use an ignition interlock device on your vehicle; and/or
- Driving while your license has been suspended for a DUI or related conviction.
Depending on whether it is your first offense or if the system views you as a repeat offender, there may be other even harsher probationary terms employed that you must comply with.
Most individuals make a good faith effort to make sure that they comply with their probation. However, it is still possible to overlook important details of your probation and end up in violation of it. Colorado judges take probation violations seriously, and as a result many will issue arrest warrants for probation violations that do not provide an individual with the right to bond. That means that you will not have the ability to remain free while the alleged violation is pending in the legal system. While state law requires probation violations be expedited through the system when an individual is denied his or her freedom, this can result in the loss of employment and can have a significant impact on your livelihood. Once your probation violation reaches the court, a judge can determine if he or she thinks it is in the state’s best interest to revoke your probation. That could mean an extended prison sentence as well as other serious implications for your freedom.
Benefits of Legal Assistance
An experienced Colorado criminal defense attorney who focuses on working with individuals facing DUI, DWAI, and related charges can make a big difference in your probation violation case. Different rules of evidence apply when prosecuting probation violations, and it is essential to work with an experienced legal team that understands your rights and knows how to protect them, especially when it comes to the evidence against you. An experienced Colorado criminal defense attorney can also work to make early contact with the state’s attorney to discuss potential options available to the defendant before the trial is scheduled.
The criminal defense team at Tiftickjian Law Firm knows that there are a number of legal defense strategies when it comes to working with clients facing a Colorado DUI, and the same is true for those facing charges of DUI probation violations. If you are dealing with these serious charges, contact the Colorado criminal defense team at Tiftickjian Law Firm to schedule a consultation and find out more information about the options that might be available to you.
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