FACING DUI CHARGES?
TOP DUI Lawyer in Highlands Ranch and Surrounding area.
EXTENSIVE COURTROOM EXPERIENCE
Matt began his career in Ft. Collins working as a Deputy District Attorney. This would start him on a long path of extensive work in the courtroom which has led him all over the state. After Ft. Collins, Matt went to Colorado Springs where he spent the next four years working as a prosecutor on a variety of criminal cases. In one of the busiest jurisdictions in the state, Matt was able to work on Assault cases, Domestic Violence cases, Sexual Assault, Vehicular Assault, and DUI cases ( first offense dui, dui accident, drunk driving ). Wanting to enjoy the mountain life, he then worked in Glenwood Springs as a Deputy District Attorney. While in Glenwood, Matt prosecuted felony cases which included Homicide, Sexual Assault, and Drug Cases. Castle Rock was the last stop on his prosecution journey and where he decided to work with individual people in a private practice.
MATT'S PERSONALIZED APPROACH
At Chaput Law, each client gets personalized representation from Attorney Matt Chaput. He takes the time to learn about each client as well as all aspects of your case. This enables him to develop a strategy tailored to each client's situation.
EXPERIENCE ACROSS THE STATE
While practicing in multiple jurisdictions across Colorado, Matt’s opportunities have provided him experience in a variety of courtroom settings. Ranging from the smaller venues of Castle Rock & Glenwood Springs to the busy courtrooms of Colorado Springs, Matt’s local expertise/knowledge can benefit you.
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE - DUI
If you have been charged with DUI ( first offense dui, dui accident, drunk driving ) make the call to Chaput Law today. When facing a DUI there are certain time lines that must be met to try and keep your license. Matt can help you navigate the DMV as well as the criminal case. Having handled hundreds of DUI cases, Matt knows the ins and outs of roadside maneuvers, HGN, blood tests, and breath tests. Put the experience of Chaput Law to work for you.
Charged with a Misdemeanor or Felony? Give Matt a call today to start working on a plan. His years in the Courtroom are invaluable to you as your case goes through the system. Matt has experience with Domestic Violence, Drugs cases, Assault cases and will be there to help you.
Are you a victim of Domestic Violence? Are you unsure of where to turn? Call Chaput law for help. Matt has years of experience working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. He can help you make sure you are safe by making sure you're heard, getting a protection order, or going to Court.
Do you have a neighbor causing you a problem? Or you're a victim of a crime? Matt can help you get a Protection Order for your peace of mind.
If you have been charged with a traffic offense Matt can explain DMV consequences as well as help you navigate any insurance or restitution issues.
Have you been charged with a Municipal Crime? Matt has appeared in several municipal courts in the Denver area. He knows that Municipal Courts can have different rules, and will be there to help you navigate the system.
We've Helped Over 1,000 People
Get the help of an experienced trial attorney on your side. Matt will help you get started and make sure you're on the right path.
Colorado DUI Regulations
- Colorado has two main alcohol driving offenses. Driving under the influence and driving while ability impaired.
- These carry with them different penalties. Penalties go up if a person has had multiple DUI, for second and third offenses jail time will be imposed. A fourth offense may be charged as a felony, which could result in prison time.
- When Charged with a DUI or DWAI in Colorado you are also facing a loss of your driver’s license through an administrative hearing.
- In order to get a hearing with the DMV you must notify them in writing within 7 days of your arrest.
- Colorado has an express consent statute. Essentially that statute requires a person suspected of Driving under the influence, to submit to either a blood or breath test.
- Colorado Allows for 2 different types of testing to determine how much alcohol is in your system – Blood and Breath.
- Prosecutors can use your refusal to take a test against you in court.
- Officers must follow certain procedures when administering these tests. Failure to do so may affect their reliability and admissibility in court.
Should I hire a DUI Attorney?
If you have been charged with a DUI, or any criminal charge, often the first question is whether you should hire an attorney. The short answer is yes, you should always speak with an attorney. Even as a Deputy District Attorney I would advise people to speak with an attorney before making decisions. Having an attorney is a right given to us by the United States Constitution and one that everyone should take advantage of. Being charged and convicted of a crime can impact all aspects of your life. It can affect your job, your ability to drive, ability to leave the state, and ultimately your freedom. A DUI attorney can help explain the impact that a DUI will have on your life.
A DUI has many technical aspects ( drunk driving, dui accident, first offense dui, drunk driving defense attorney) and an experienced DUI lawyer can work through those aspects and help a person make an informed decision. Without a DUI Attorney, you may not know if the police had reasonable suspicion to stop your vehicle, whether they had probable cause to request a test of your blood, and whether all the proper steps were followed when testing the blood. A mistake by the police on any one of those aspects can have a big impact on how a case proceeds. You do no want to leave your livelihood and your liberty in the hands of someone you do not know. Retaining a DUI attorney will put someone in your corner who knows what to look for in a case and the best way to proceed.
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What Does a DUI Attorney Cost?
The answer to that question often depends on your driving history and any past DUI. In Colorado, penalties go up for each subsequent DUI. For instance, a fourth DUI may be charged as a felony. These escalating penalties will have an impact on how much a DUI attorney will charge. At Chaput Law, the price to hire an experienced DUI attorney for a first time DUI is $4000 to work the case. If the case goes to trial, there is an additional trial charge. Chaput Law does offer payment plans to ensure people have access to quality legal representation.
Can a DUI be dismissed?
It is possible to have a DUI dismissed in Colorado. However, it is not particularly common. If the police do not follow the required procedures or violate the constitutional rights of a defendant than the case may be dismissed. If there is not enough evidence to proceed to trial, then the DA is ethically obligated to dismiss the case. An experienced DUI attorney can comb through a case and determine if all appropriate procedures were followed. There is a Colorado Law that prevents a Deputy District Attorney from pleading an alcohol driving offense to a non-alcohol offense if they have a prima facia case that alcohol was involved. This statute is also often interpreted to mean a case cannot be dismissed unless there is not enough evidence.
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