The holiday season in Colorado is a time for people to spend time with family and friends and attend parties to celebrate various events. That can be positive and enjoyable. However, it can also lead to people getting behind the wheel after drinking or using drugs. When law enforcement makes a traffic stop and arrests the person for driving under the influence or driving while ability impaired, it can lead to fines, lost driving privileges and even jail time. The circumstances in which people will be charged with DUI/DWAI can differ, but when law enforcement is having a scheduled crackdown, it could lead to more people facing charges and in need of legal help.
There will be a periodic increase in patrols for law enforcement to find and arrest drivers committing DUI/DWAI. This is part of the holiday season and will continue throughout much of the month. Referred to as “The Heat Is On,” the state is trying to prevent people from driving under the influence and making sure that their increased enforcement is known. The goal is to stop the accidents with injuries and fatalities that are part of drivers getting behind the wheel under the influence.
In 2017, during a similar enforcement period, there were 656 arrests for DUI/DWAI. Now, there are more than 100 law enforcement agencies who are taking part in the latest crackdown. A chief in law enforcement stated that people are encouraged to have a good time over the holidays, but not to get behind the wheel while impaired. Other safety tactics such as seatbelt use and responsible consumption are also encouraged. Regardless, it is expected that there will be many arrests during the holiday season.
When there is an arrest for DUI/DWAI, it can result in various troublesome penalties. As law enforcement embarks on a crackdown on these activities, it is likely that some will be placed under arrest for these allegations when they had a viable excuse for appearing to be under the influence, they were not really under the influence or some other mistake in protocol or during the stop took place. Everyone must be aware of their rights when stopped during a DUI/DWAI investigation and how to craft a strong defense to avoid the worst penalties. A law firm that has a history of successfully defending clients charged with DUI/DWAI should be contacted for representation immediately after the arrest.