Every county in Colorado tends to be somewhat different in terms of how a DUI case flows through the criminal justice system. Denver cases seem to move quicker than some of the other jurisdictions. Cases typically start in Courtroom 4F for an arraignment in about 30 days from the arrest. Thereafter, a background check is usually completed by pretrial services to determine if the person has any prior alcohol-related traffic offenses anywhere in the United States. If so, a person may be subject to additional restrictions on bond or summons to include monitored sobriety and participation in the pretrial services program. Fingerprints and photographs may also be ordered at the initial court date.
After the arraignment, the case will typically be set for a "plea and setting hearing" in one of the trial divisions on the 3rd floor of the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse
located at 520 West Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80204.
Evidence in the case may be obtained from the Denver District Attorney's Office for the criminal DUI case, and from the Colorado Department of Revenue for the Express Consent Revocation case. It's important for a person who is charged with DUI to recognize that there are typically two cases proceeding at the same time that stem from the DUI arrest. The first case is a criminal case in the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse (Denver County Court), and the second case is a civil administrative case with the Colorado Department of Revenue regarding the person's driver's license.
In light of Colorado's strict Express Consent laws, a driver stopped in Denver has just 7 days from the date of notice on the Express Consent Affidavit and Notice of Revocation to request a hearing at DMV. This notice should have been provided by the Denver Police Department
at the time of the arrest for a DUI with a breath test or a refusal. Drivers who complete a blood test at the time of arrest, will receive a Notice of Revocation letter in the mail outlining the procedure and deadline for the hearing request. The police officer who signed the Express Consent Affidavit and Notice of Revocation may be requested to appear at the Express Consent Hearing. Often times it's a great idea to request the officer's appearance when requesting the hearing. In some cases, it may be more beneficial to not request the police officer's appearance at the hearing. Because each case is unique, it's important for a driver to obtain the assistance of experienced DUI counsel to assist in determining the best course of action in requesting the DMV hearing.
If you've been charged with a DUI or DWAI offense in Denver, contact experienced Denver DUI attorney Monte Robbins
today to discuss your case: 303-355-5148. Attorney Robbins has over 16 years experience in defending good people who have been charged with DUI, DWAI, DUI per se, DUI with multiple prior offenses, DUI with an accident (injury and non-injury), Felony DUI, and hit-and-run DUI. Attorney Robbins' Denver office is conveniently located near City Park at 1733 High Street, Denver, Colorado 80218.