An arrest is not the same as a conviction in a DUI case

by | Mar 21, 2019 | Dui | 0 comments

There are many people in America, aided by media coverage and perception, who seem to have forgotten the age-old axiom that any person who is arrested in our country is “innocent until proven guilty.” Unfortunately, forgetting this presumption can have grave legal consequences for arrestees in Colorado and throughout the country.

Drunk driving arrests are some of the most common legal run-ins for Americans who face criminal charges. Each year thousands of Colorado residents will be arrested for and charged with driving under the influence. But, just like all other types of arrests, an arrest for DUI is not the same as a conviction.

Every defendant in a DUI case has the right to examine the evidence that has been gathered by law enforcement officials and that will be used by the prosecution in the case. With this information, the defendant can then craft a sound criminal defense strategy. In some cases, the right move might be to approach the prosecutor about a plea negotiation. In other cases, fighting the charges all the way to a trial is the right move. But, until a conviction is entered, an arrestee on DUI charges in Colorado is entitled to the presumption of innocence.

At our law firm, we understand that criminal defendants are concerned about the immediate perception that they are guilty, even if they have only been charged, not convicted. We do our best to work with our clients to plan a sound criminal defense strategy in DUI cases. For more information, please visit the drunk driving overview section of our law firm’s website.