Why are there two types of DUI cases in Colorado for each arrest, DMV and Court ? Ask a Colorado, Boulder DUI attorney.

In Colorado driving is considered a privilege and not a right.  You might think that it is very important to have a license and drive to work but the State of Colorado believes that the public safety is more important and has classified a license to drive a privilege. This means that they do not have a Judge decide the fate of your license in a DUI case but an administrator for the DMV. We call this a consent violation if you are stopped driving with a Blood Alcohol level at 0.08 or greater. It is a separate hearing from the one on your ticket that you have to go to court to defend. You can have an attorney represent you at these hearings. I have been to many of them. In recent years there has been a new development. This is the interlock device. We have a compromise between the public safety and the need to drive for work etc. With the interlock you can’t drive the car if you have alcohol on your breath. There are ways of getting your license back early in the suspension with an interlock and there are lengthy interlock requirements for repeat and high BAC levels. This is all separate from the misdemeanor criminal case in court. You should contact a qualified DUI, DWAI, attorney in Colorado to know your rights on your case. Paul Stuber

Lawyer Reviews and Rating Websites

There’s no question that Yelp, Google+, CitySearch, Angie’s List and other review sites are decent places to find reviews about attorneys. If you want to review some sites devoted to attorneys try the following:

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Avvo: This is a client driven site that also offers a Q&A Forum for people to ask legal questions to lawyers for free.

Super Lawyers: This Thomson Reuters lawyers rating service covers more than 70 practice areas. Ratings are provided by different lawyers who have been recognized by peers, and achieved professional recognition.

LawyerRatingz: This site shares information about ratings. It currently has more than 65,000 ratings written by its users, and it uses a 5-point rating system that’s represented in an easy to use graphic interface.

Lawyer Reviews: One of the largest databases of attorneys. Ratings and reviews for more than 2 million attorneys and legal professionals. Information includes lawyer ratings, peer reviews, details about each firm and individual attorney, and a 10-point rating scale.

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Martindale.com: Over 1 million attorneys worldwide are profiled and rated.

Best Lawyers: This is one of the oldest peer review guides for attorneys. This site is characterized by an excellent search engine that helps people find and review attorneys by name, firm, practice area, and location.

If you’re looking for an experienced Boulder area attorney for any of the following needs; Colorado Chapter 7 or 13 Bankruptcy, DUI, DWAI, or Trust and Estate Planning, attorney Paul Stuber will personally handle your case. Paul has been practicing since 1983, and he has been a Chapter 7 Trustee for seven years. Learn more at www.paulstuber.com, or speak with Paul directly at (303) 442-6448.

Interviewing a Prospective Attorney

You need an attorney. You have found a few that seem like they have the experience you need. Follow these critical steps to increase your chances of getting the right attorney the first time. Step 1: Outline your needs in advance. Step 2: Don’t pay for an initial phone consultation. Step 3: Pay attention to the chemistry between you and the attorney. Step 4: Ask lots of questions. Step 5: Be prepared.   When you’re meeting with a prospective attorney for the first time don’t forget to ask:

  1. About the attorney’s accessibility – how will you get a hold of him/her when you need to talk, and how long will it take for them to get back to you.
  2. What part of your case the attorney will work on, and what parts will be handled by assistants, other attorneys, and administrative staff.
  3. What recent cases like yours that the attorney handled, and how they turned out.

Before meeting with a prospective lawyer, make notes about your problem and gather any documents related to your issue to take with you. This will let you clearly detail your problem, and allow you to focus on whether or not you feel comfortable with the attorney.   If you’re unsure if your attorney is providing you with good representation, don’t hesitate to make a change. Trust your instincts. If you have any questions, contact Boulder attorney, Paul Stuber for a free phone consultation (303) 442-6448, or to schedule an appointment.

Finding the Right DUI or Criminal Attorney

Don’t expect to find a great lawyer just by picking up the phone book, or responding to a TV or radio advertisement. Finding the right DUI or criminal attorney will take a little more effort.

Personal referrals from someone who has experienced the same problem as you can give you some great leads. You should be able to find reviews online at:

  1. Avvo.com
  2. Researchlawyers.com
  3. Superlawyers.com
  4. Yelp.com

Or, just go to google and type in “lawyer reviews” or “attorney reviews” and the city where you live. If that’s not working for you. Most state bar associations will have a website with attorneys listed by specialty, and information about each attorney.

Choose a Specialist

Working with a lawyer who is experienced with your issue is a must. Law is too specialized to work with an attorney without recent and successful experience with your issue.

If you can’t afford your own attorney, contact Boulder Legal Service (BLS) at 1790 30th Street, #301, Boulder, CO. 80301-1020, Phone: 303-449-7575. BLS can also help with bankruptcy, consumer, child custody, dissolution of marriage, domestic violence, elder law, health, housing, individual rights, public benefits, and wills. If you want experienced and aggressive legal representation for DUI, DWAI, Criminal defense, and Estate planning call Paul Stuber (303) 442-6448, or schedule a free consultation in person.

New Colorado DUI Laws for 2014

In 1998, the Persistent Drunk Driver Act was passed. This legislation increased the penalties for people with repeat DUI convictions or very high blood alcohol concentrations (BAC). Recent changes, which took effect on Jan. 1, 2014, lower the BAC at which a driver is classified as a persistent drunk driver from 0.17 to 0.15 percent.

Another change to the law effects anyone who refuses to take a breath, or blood, test when arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. Refusal to take the tests will now enable that person to be classified as a persistent drunk driver.

Penalties Are Not to Be Taken Lightly

Penalties can be severe, even if it’s a person’s first DUI conviction. If you’re classified as a persistent drunk driver you have to undergo drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and you need to install ignition interlock devices on your vehicles for two years in order to regain driving privileges. Not to mention, that people classified as “persistent drunk drivers” by the court must wait 30 days (60 days on a refusal) before getting a probationary driver’s license with the ignition interlock use. You should apply early as it takes sometimes weeks to get authorization.
There are also penalties that people convicted of DUI face in addition to the DMV. There are criminal ones; these include fines, jail time, public service, court costs, and penalty surcharges.

Get Professional Help

If you can’t afford your own attorney, contact Boulder Legal Service (BLS) at 1790 30th Street, #301, Boulder, CO. 80301-1020, Phone: 303-449-7575. BLS can also help with bankruptcy, consumer, child custody, dissolution of marriage, domestic violence, elder law, health, housing, individual rights, public benefits, and wills. If you want experienced and aggressive legal representation call Paul Stuber (303) 442-6448, or schedule a free consultation in person.

Avoid a Bad Lawyer

The quality of your legal team can affect the outcome of your case. Boulder attorney, Paul Stuber, has 31 years of experience, and he wants to remind you all lawyers are not the same. They have different skill sets, experience and personalities. There is a lot of information about how to pick an attorney. In the text below, Paul tells you how to avoid a bad one.

Learn their work habits.

Unreturned phone calls and email: A lack of communication can indicate that the attorney is too busy, unsure of what to do next, or simply not giving you the attention that you deserve.

Unanswered emails fall into the same category.

Missed deadlines: Missing deadlines and court filing deadlines can damage your case. Find another lawyer immediately if your attorney misses even one deadline.

Poor attitude: Your lawyer is not superior to you. If s/he is rude, condescending, impatient, or non-communicative it can create unnecessary conflict and tension.
Organization: Disorganization is not a great sign.

Promises, Promises: Attorneys should not promise a specific outcome under any circumstances. Treat such promises as a red flag, and look for other warning signs.

Pay attention to their work area.

It’s not likely that a struggling attorney will have a penthouse suite, and it’s not necessarily a sign that the attorney is not successful if they have a modest office. Here are a few signs that the practice may not be doing so well:

Office space in disrepair: this may mean that there have been some lean financial times recently.
Empty offices: if your attorney works for a larger practice and there are lots of empty offices this may mean that the firm has had a lot of turn-over, very rapid growth, or financial issues.

Messy office: While successful attorneys do have offices that can look a little unorganized, it’s important to note that office clutter can be a sign of inefficiency.

Unopened mail: Stacks of unopened mail may signify an unresponsive attorney, or an attorney without the support needed to handle cases effectively.

Notice the staff at the practice.

If the attorney has staff working with him/her, how s/he interacts with the staff members can provide clues to the attorney’s effectiveness, competence and ethics.

A look at the lawyer’s staff members and how he interacts with personnel can provide clues to his effectiveness, competence, reliability and ethics. The three worst signs are:
• Unhappy staff
• High turn-over
• Lack of staff

If you’re unsure if your attorney is providing you with good representation, don’t hesitate to make a change. Trust your instincts. If you have any questions, contact Boulder attorney, Paul Stuber for a free phone consultation (303) 442-6448, or to schedule an appointment.

DUI Attorneys Tell You What the District Attorney and Police Won’t

Part of the DA’s job is to get quick, easy convictions. S/He is not obligated to tell you all of the details of the State’s case. For example, you may not know

  1. If the DA’s witnesses against you are reliable and available.
  2. He has evidence that may clear you.
  3. If there were problems with your blood alcohol tests

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It’s not likely that the DA will tell you that you need to go to the Division of Motor Vehicles within seven days of your license revocation and request a hearing. You should also request that the arresting office be present, and you can do this by checking the box on the “hearing request form.”

 

Do you think that every arresting officer is going to tell you that you have the right to refuse a portable breathalizer test? Do you know that the officer must have probable cause before you can be arrested or required to take any chemical test? There are also several preliminary motions that can be filed to protect your rights. But, don’t try and play amateur DUI attorney. DUI and DWAI are serious charges, regardless if they are for alcohol or marijuana.

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Boulder DUI Attorney works with DUI for marijuana cases which are on the rise. 

What if you’re faced with a choice to go to jail, or a detox center? Do you know where you will be better off?

If you find yourself arrested for a DUI, you can present a DUI defense on your own, and run the risk that you’ll make a mistake, or can contact an experienced Boulder DUI attorney like Paul Stuber at (303) 442-6448 to help you protect your rights and minimize the consequences of your Boulder, CO DUI

Need to Know Colorado DUI / DWAI Marijuana

What You Need to Know About Colorado DUI/DWAI Marijuana

 

Experienced Boulder Criminal attorney Paul Stuber has defended people against DUI and DWAI for more than 30 years, and more recently marijuana DUI and DWAI. If you have been charged with DUI or DWAI marijuana you should learn exactly what you’re up against. Paul graciously shares some his experience below.

  • Marijuana is still illegal under federal law.
  • The methods of proof are different for a DUI Marijuana than a DUI for alcohol.
  • Everything a police officer observes and hears can be used against you in court.
  • Any driver with 5 nanograms or more of THC can be charged with a DUI despite the fact that there is very little proof that 5 nanograms proves that someone is impaired.
  • Colorado has recently added several hundred trained drug-recognition officers.
  • Have a medical certificate is not a valid defense for DUI or DWAI.
  • Your attorney should have specific experience dealing with the special tests that law enforcement officers are being trained to use in the field. Many Boulder attorneys do not have this experience.
  • The only test that can be given to accurately determine your level of impairment for marijuana is a blood test.
  • Blood test are often not administered correctly.
  • Marijuana can take several days to clear your system, and even longer if you are a regular user.
  • A DUI or DWAI for marijuana is serious.
  • DUI cases have two parts; a criminal part, and a DMV part.
  • Roadside testing is voluntary. They are designed to make you fail, and your choice not to do the test can’t be used against you in court.

 

To learn more about why Paul Stuber is the right choice when you are confronted with a DUI or DWAI for marijuana call (303) 442-6448, or read what Paul’s clients have said about his defense of their case.

10 Unspoken truths About Bankruptcy

The 10 Unspoken Truths about Bankruptcy

 

  • You can restore your credit in about five years.
  • You can buy a home in three to five years.
  • You can file bankruptcy more than once.
  • You will not lose everything that you own.
  • Everyone will not know about your bankruptcy.
  • Chapter 7 does not always wipe out all of your debts.
  • You can keep most of what you own in most cases.
  • You can credit after filing bankruptcy.
  • Most bankruptcies are filed due to medical expenses, unemployment, or divorce. Nor because someone is a deadbeat.
  • Collectors must stop bothering you after you file bankruptcy.
  • You do not have to include your spouse in your bankruptcy.
  • You do not need to have a minimum amount of debt to file.
  • Chapter 13 bankruptcy payments vary based on the results of a means test.

 

 

Click here to learn more truths about bankruptcy in Boulder and Colorado from Boulder attorney, Paul Stuber.  To have no cost, no obligation discussion with an experienced Boulder Bankruptcy attorney, call attorney Paul Stuber at (303) 442-6448.