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Blood Alcohol Science
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Boating Under the Influence
DMV Hearings
Drugs & DUI
DUI Arrests in Jefferson County
DUI Penalties
DWAI
Expert Witnesses and Your Case
Our Philosophy
Field Sobriety Tests
Multiple DUI Offenses
Out of State Drivers
The History of DUI Enforcement
The DUI Process
Vehicular Assault
Vehicular Homicide
Vehicular Homicide
Vehicular Homicide
Vehicular Homicide
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Jefferson County DUI Lawyer

DUI Defense

Being arrested for drunk driving is no laughing matter, a conviction can result in imprisonment, hefty monetary fines, community service, probation, mandatory participation in an alcohol or drug treatment program, skyrocketing insurance premiums and of course, a permanent mark on your criminal record. A criminal record is not a good thing to acquire; it can hamper your ability to gain housing, employment, educational loans and certain professional licenses. What's more, a conviction for DUI would make everyday living difficult since you need a driver's license to get to and from work and wherever else you must go.

If you have been arrested for DUI, please contact a Jefferson County DUI attorney from the Law Office of Christopher H. Cessna as soon as possible. When your future is on the line, you need an experienced DUI attorney by your side fighting to reduce the consequences that you face. Below are the firm's practice areas, if you need more information, don't hesitate to contact Mr. Cessna to schedule a free consultation.

Blood Alcohol Science
When facing DUI charges, it's critical that you hire an attorney who is closely familiar with the science behind blood and breath tests. The blood alcohol content (BAC) is the concentration of alcohol present in a person's bloodstream. Variations in a person's gender, weight and body fat can affect how quickly a person's body metabolizes alcohol. Read more about blood alcohol science

Blood/Breath Tests
When a person is pulled over on suspicion for DUI, they are commonly asked to submit to a breath or blood test in order to measure their blood alcohol content (BAC). If you took a breath test and blew .08% or higher, then you should contact an attorney immediately. Mr. Cessna knows exactly how and where a breath or blood test result can be challenged. Read more about blood/breath tests

Boating Under the Influence
Boating under the influence of alcohol can lead to serious accidents and injuries in the same fashion as driving an automobile under the influence of alcohol. When a person is arrested for violated the boating under the influence laws, he or she can expect to face criminal charges. Read more about boating under the influence

DMV Hearings
After a person is arrested for DUI, they must undergo two separate hearings: the DMV hearing where they address their driver's license suspension and the criminal hearing. After a DUI arrest, you have just 7 days to schedule your DMV hearing. Failing to schedule this hearing will cause you to lose the right to challenge your driver's license suspension permanently. Read more about DMV hearings

Drugs & DUI
Driving under the influence pertains to more than just alcohol; it can pertain to illegal drugs, prescription drugs and even over the counter cold medicines, allergy medicines or any other substance that can impair your driving ability. The penalties for DUI & drugs are virtually the same as an alcohol-related DUI. Read more about drugs & DUI

DUI Arrests in Jefferson County
There is a basic formula for Jefferson County arrests beginning with the DUI traffic stop. Once the driver is pulled over the officer will look for obvious signs of impairment such as slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, open containers etc. Depending on their observations, the police officer may ask the driver to perform a series of field sobriety tests. Read more about DUI arrests in Jefferson County

DUI Penalties
The DUI penalties for a first time DUI typically include: up to 1 year in jail, up to $1,000 in fines, and from 48 to 96 hours community service, plus a driver's license suspension. Those facing a second DUI conviction have to pay up to $1,500 and perform between 60 and 120 hours of community service, on top of the driver's license suspension. Read more about DUI penalties

DWAI
In Colorado, if you are pulled over and are found to have a blood alcohol concentration of .05%, but less than .08%, you can be charged with driving while ability impaired (DWAI). Although the consequences for this type of offense are less severe than a DUI, they still accompany penalties. Read more about DWAI

Expert Witnesses and Your Case
A good DUI attorney knows the value of using the right experts at a time when they could make or break a DUI case. However, it's important to make a proper analysis of a client's case to determine if an expert witness will even be necessary. There is no question that at times hiring an expert can give the defense an edge over the prosecution. Read more about expert witnesses and your case

Our Philosophy
As a former prosecutor, when Mr. Cessna opened his own defense practice in 2002 he knew he would distinguish himself from the majority of other attorneys handling DUI cases. He accomplished this by continually learning the best and most effective ways to beat the government's vast array of scientific evidence. Read more about our philosophy

Field Sobriety Tests
There are three standardized field sobriety tests used by law enforcement at the scene of the traffic stop and they are: the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, the walk and turn test, and the one leg stand test. These tests are used to give a police officer "probable cause" to make a DUI arrest. Read more about field sobriety tests

Multiple DUI Offenses
The state courts are under a great deal of pressure from the community to come down hard on drunk drivers. While being arrested for DUI the first time around is serious, the state takes second, third and subsequent DUIs very seriously and punish them accordingly. By hiring a DUI attorney at the onset, you can give yourself an edge when combating these charges. Read more about multiple DUI offenses

Out of State Drivers
Colorado is a popular tourist destination, especially in the summer and winter months. Contrary to popular belief, when you are arrested for DUI in another state than where you live, your DUI charges will probably follow. Nearly all states share information in their DMV database, this means that if you are arrested for DUI in Colorado, you will most likely lose your license in your home state. Read more about out of state drivers

The History of DUI Enforcement
On September 10, 1897 a 25-year-old London taxi driver became the first person to ever be arrested for drunk driving after driving his cab into a building. In the United States the first law about drunk driving went into effect in New York in 1910. Read more about the history of DUI enforcement

The DUI Process
After you've been arrested, booked and charged with DUI, you will have just 7 days from the date of your arrest to schedule your DMV hearing. The DMV hearing will address the future of your driver's license and whether or not they are going to suspend it. Failure to schedule this hearing on your part causes you to waive the right to challenge your suspended license permanently. Read more about the DUI process

Vehicular Assault
Vehicular assault is a DUI with the added element of serious bodily injury. Therefore, whenever an impaired driver causes an accident and injures another person, whether it's another driver, a passenger, a pedestrian, a motorcyclist or a bicyclist, then they can be charged with vehicular assault. If you are facing serious charges of vehicular assault, you need to hire a serious attorney to defend you. Read more about vehicular assault

Vehicular Homicide
When a drunk driver causes an accident that leads to the death of another human being, they will be charged with vehicular homicide, a felony offense. This is the most serious and life-altering form of DUI charge that anybody can possibly face. As an experienced attorney, Mr. Cessna has the years of training and formal experience needed to defend a DUI case this serious in nature. Read more about vehicular homicide

Jefferson County DUI Attorney

For more than 20 years, Mr. Cessna worked as a DUI police officer and a Deputy District Attorney. Because of his extensive experience on "the other side" of the fence, he knows exactly how the prosecution will build their case, as well as how the police conduct themselves during a DUI arrest and investigation. He uses this intimate knowledge to build a stronger, more powerful defense on behalf of his clients. If you or someone you love have been arrested for DUI in Jefferson County, then you are urged to take immediate action. A conviction will have long-lasting penalties that can cost you time in jail, money out of your pocket and a permanent criminal record. Don't leave your future and your driver's license in the fate of the prosecution; contact the Law Office of Chris Cessna today.

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