It varies; they’re all over the board; I have handled cases from teenagers all the way up to elderly retired people. There are no prototypical DUI clients; it’s the kind of thing that can happen to almost anyone and not just anyone who drinks; I’ve represented plenty of people who don’t even drink in DUI cases, either because they were not guilty or because of prescription drugs, which are also DUIs.
Do Most of Your DUI Clients Have High BAC Levels?
Many of my clients have high BAC’s but that isn’t always the case; I represent people with anywhere from no BAC, meaning no alcohol showing up in their system, all the way to people who are several times over the legal limit. Many of the cases fall into a middle ground because most people who get DUIs don’t realize they’ve had too much to drink; they still feel okay.
Maybe their judgment’s a bit impaired by alcohol, so they’re not making the best decisions and they think they’re still okay to get behind the wheel and later find out from law enforcement that maybe they’ve had more than the legal limit. A lot of them fall into that sweet spot of between 0.1 and 0.2, maybe 0.16, but I have represented people on DUI cases all the way from 0.00 to levels well above 0.30.
How Many DUI Arrests Are Made Annually In the Counties That You Serve?
From past statistics, on average more than 35,000 people are arrested for drunk driving in Colorado every year. My two primary counties, Arapahoe and Douglas County, are in the top 10. Arapahoe sees from 2,500-3,000 DUI arrests per year, while Douglas County see well over 1,000 and these are people from all walks of life.