Do I have to submit to a Breathalyzer test?


You’re driving around town when all of a sudden you see lights flashing behind you. An officer is pulling you over. As you move to the shoulder, thoughts of what you might have done wrong are zooming through your head. The officer comes to your window, asks you a few questions, then asks you to…

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DUI, DWI, DWAI — how are they different?


In Colorado, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a serious criminal offense. Police do not care if you are only slightly impaired; if you give them any reason to believe you are driving while intoxicated, you could be arrested and charged with either a DUI, DWI or DWAI. What is the difference…

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How do police officers perform a field sobriety test?


In order to arrest you for suspected impaired driving, officers need to have some sort of evidence of potential chemical intoxication. During a traffic stop where officers suspect someone of driving under the influence (DUI) because of erratic driving behavior, the officers need to interact with the driver to determine if they have probable cause…

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Study finds breath tests unreliable


There are two basic types of breath tests that the police use: portable breath tests, which don’t often get used in court as evidence, and Breathalyzers, which operate at the police station and usually do get used as evidence. Either way, the goal of the device is to determine what your Blood Alcohol Concentration looks…

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