Christian A. Schwaner, P.C. Blog

Will I Go to Jail for My First DUI?

For your first DUI offense, you will likely have administrative and criminal penalties. However, what you may not realize is that, in addition to a DUI, those with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over 0.08 percent also face Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI). You could technically be charged with a DWAI even if your BAC

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DUI Sentences Now Vary Tremendously Under New Felony DUI Law

Colorado’s new felony DUI law has done more than just escalate charges for driving under the influence – it seems to impact the sentencing consistency statewide. Judges are now handing out different sentences for those who are “habitual offenders,” with some convicted of a felony and never receiving prison time, while others receiving extremely harsh

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Should I Agree to a Plea Bargain in My DUI Case?

Colorado Springs DUI Defense Attorney Explains Plea Bargains After being arrested for a DUI, it is likely that you will be approached by a prosecutor to strike a plea deal. This may include pleading to a lesser offense, but avoiding the hassles of trial. While prosecutors will make the plea deals seem enticing and possibly

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The High Cost of Insurance After a DUI Conviction

Experienced Attorney Providing DUI Defense for Colorado Springs After a DUI conviction, which consequence should you most worry about? From the potential jail time to administrative penalties, there is plenty to worry about. But, one thing that most criminal defendants do not remember is the high cost of insurance post-conviction. If you are facing a

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Is It Too Late to Withdraw My Guilty Plea?

Criminal Defense Attorney Serving Colorado Springs, Colorado The criminal justice process is confusing and overwhelming. There are instances when criminal defendants may make a deal with the prosecution or feel intimidated by the process and enter a guilty plea, but later may regret their decision. Regardless of the reasons why they initially entered their guilty

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Marijuana is Legal, So It Is Not a DUI, Right?

There is a common misconception about marijuana use and driving a vehicle in the state of Colorado. Too many drivers assume that if marijuana is legal to possess, it is legal to use while operating a vehicle. In reality, marijuana is a controlled substance – like alcohol – and it is illegal to operate a

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What Fines Are Associated with a DUI in Colorado?

A DUI comes with more than just the risk of jail time or even a license suspension. If you are convicted of a DUI (even as a first-time offender), you will have fines. These fines are not just reserved for court fees, but also include your attorney’s fees, administrative fines, and more. If you have

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Do I Need a Lawyer for a Speeding Ticket?

Speeding tickets often seem like something that you can handle on your own – or something that you will just admit to and pay. But, what if you feel that you are being cited for something you didn’t do, or if you feel that the police officer was overly aggressive when writing the ticket? While

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