Grand County, spanning 1870 square miles, is a very popular recreational destination in Colorado. Whether it’s skiing or snowboarding at Winter Park or Mary Jane, or summer hiking near Cascade Falls or Horseshoe Lake Trail, Grand County seems to have endless outdoor opportunities to get away from it all. Unfortunately, some people are arrested in Grand County for driving under the influence or driving while ability impaired while partaking in recreational activities. Because many of those arrested are not residents of the county (or even the state), the court process can quickly become confusing and even overwhelming at times.
Rest assured that if you have been charged with DUI or DWAI in Grand County, you do have options and you do have rights throughout the process. Experienced DUI defense counsel can help you navigate the system and the DUI process to obtain the best possible result when facing a difficult and stressful situation.
First, second, and third DUI offenses in Grand County are misdemeanors. Fourth and subsequent offenses are Class 4 Felonies. Convictions for DUI, DUI per se, DWAI, vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, aggravated driving with a revoked license, and driving under restraint (alcohol-related restraint) are considered to be a “prior” offense under Colorado law. Colorado factors-in prior convictions anywhere in the US over the course of the person’s life. There are no time constraints on the “look back period” for priors- it’s lifetime.
147 DUI and DWAI cases were filed in Grand County Court in 2017, with an average BAC of .155. If a person has been arrested in Grand County for DUI, she must act immediately within 7 days to protect her driver’s license. An administrative hearing request must be filed with the Colorado Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles.
Drivers who have been pulled over in Grand County will be asked to perform standard field sobriety tests (SFST). These tests typically include, the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), walk-and-turn, and one leg stand. Sometimes police will also request other tests such as counting backwards, reciting the alphabet, Romberg balance test, etc. These tests are not easy for everyone to perform. Medical problems, fatigue, complex explanations of how to perform the tests, stress, being nervous, poor coordination, and other innocent reasons can cause a person to perform poorly on the roadside tests. The “graded performance” of a person’s roadside tests is based upon the officer’s subjective opinion and can be challenged in the DUI case.
If you or a loved one has been arrested in Grand County Colorado for a DUI or DWAI offense, contact Attorney Monte Robbins today for a free case evaluation at 303-355-5148. Attorney Robbins has office locations in Denver, Greeley, and Fort Collins for your convenience.