Many people in Colorado and throughout the country celebrated the St. Patrick's Day holiday in March. For some, this means celebrating their Irish heritage. For others, it is an opportunity to celebrate at parties with friends and family members, perhaps drinking a green beer or two. Of course, law enforcement officials know the tendency of some people to drink alcohol on this particular holiday, which is why it is not uncommon to see increased DUI patrols around this time of the year.
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.
Our readers in Colorado probably know that police officers who are on routine traffic patrol cannot just pull a motorist over for any reason whatsoever. There is a web of complex constitutional law interpretation behind this seemingly simple proposition, but, what is boils down to is that in order for a police officer to pull over a driver in Colorado, that officer, particularly for a DUI stop, must have "reasonable suspicion" that the driver in question broke the law.
Many Americans, probably including some of our readers in Colorado, think that a drunk driving charge is usually considered to be a "minor" criminal offense. After all, these days we all probably know at least one person who has been arrested for DUI, if not convicted for the charge. But, despite the perception that a DUI charge is a minor offense, there are actually some consequences to a DUI conviction that can be quite serious for a defendant.
Most residents equate the holiday season with good times with family and friends, but for law enforcement officials, it is a time when almost any driver could be a potential drunk driver. Law enforcement agencies throughout the country typical enhance their DUI enforcement during this time of year.
DUI arrests are common in Colorado as they are in most states throughout the country. We all know the danger that drunk driving presents, but it still occurs. During the course of a traffic stop in which a police officer is investigating the possibility of drunk driving, field sobriety tests are likely to occur.