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  • How can I find out if someone had a DUI 20+ years ago?

    I am in an industry (aviation) where a DUI even 20 years ago is significant. How can I check to see if someone I hire or consider to hire has had a DUI, even if it is 20+ years ago? Accurate and honest answers to the DUI question for insurance and...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Every state has an electronic criminal database. In Colorado, for instance, our state bureau of investigation (CBI) maintains the state database and the FBI maintains it at the national level. In Colorado, as long as we have a name and a DOB we can check anyone's criminal history online for a small fee. Since I am not familair with California I cannot say whether or not you have the same ability. Check with your state bureau of investigations.

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  • Can a previous charge of a Minor in Posession of alcohol be used against me in a case of being accused of a Minor DUI?

    I was recently arrested and then accused at arraignment for being a driver under 21 and consuming alcohol (RCW 46. 61. 503). Two years ago i was convicted of being a Minor in Posession in Kenmore, WA and served out my probationary period of a year...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Unless your state has a statute which allows for such "similairs" (crimes) to be used for the purposes of showing that you have a propensity for alcohol use, then no it cannot be used against you unless you go to a sentencing hearing. If you are sentenced then yes, a judge could consider your prior alcohol violation as an aggravator for the purposes of sentencing you on the DUI.

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  • Will DUI charges in Colorado transfer to Iillinois?

    I'm moving from Co to Illinois and my DUI in co is not finished. I'm up for earlyreinstatemebt in CO in 30 days and I have had the interlock device installed as well. How will this be dealt with in IL? Will my liscence be okay in IL, and will I h...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Colorado DMV has sole jurisdiction over your privilege to drive in Colorado. Illinois will have the same once you drive there. DMV laws in each state are very complex and very different. So the best advice I can give is to contact the DMV in Illinois and speak to them, or speak to an Illinois DUI attorney who knows the state law there.

    As for your probationary terms of community service and alcohol classes, you need to check with your probation officer and seek permission from them and the court in order to arrange for this to be completed out of state.

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  • Can I get a continuance at an arraignment to discuss a plea.

    I will most likely plead guilty to a first time DUI, however I want to know what the punishment will be first. Should I request a continuance, or plead not guilty and discuss it at a pretrial hearing?

    Christopher’s Answer

    If that is all you want to do and you know you want to just plead guilty without speaking to an attorney first, then you can certainly do that. But first, I would suggest you have a qualifed person (a good attorney) explain all of the ramifications for you if you plead guilty. Many people later regret pleading guilty after they realize all of the ways a DUI can affect your life and your driving privileges. For instance, you can go to my legal guide and see the 70 ways a DUI can affect you in Colorado. Even though you are in California, it may help you realize some of the things that may impact you later on.

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  • Faulty dui arrest?

    I was not in my car the time of the arrest I refussed to blow and had to take the field test on a slight hillside,was not asked to blow at the jail and another person blew over the limit yet got in no trouble. Just wanting to know the chances of m...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Only a qualified DUI attorney can tell you whether or not this was a valid arrest and how weak or strong the overall case may be. To do that properly, an attorney will need sufficient time to fully investigate the facts surrounding this case.

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  • I landed my second dui which broke my probation for the first one i recieved.

    I recently landed my 2nd dui on 6/16/10. I have an attorney but its plain to see that i blew almost double the limit at age 21. my court date is 8/13/10. I violated my probation by doing the same thing drinking and driving. Im sitting here just wa...

    Christopher’s Answer

    There's no way a lawyer who is not familiar with the intimate facts and issues with your case can ever predict what will happen. If you already have a lawyer hopefully you have enough confidence in him or her to solicit their opinion. If you don't have any confidence in them, then it might be time to find another lawyer.

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  • Will i go to jail for violating a dwi prbation

    i was never informed or contacted by my probation officer wheni needed to go to a class what could happen to me

    Christopher’s Answer

    Frankly trying to tell a judge that it was probation's fault for not contacting you is probably not an excuse that will help you avoid jail. It is a stated, implied, and commonly understood requirement that a probationer must stay in touch with their probation officer. Now, what you can do is get ahold of your P.O. fast and try to get back on track quick. The quicker the better.

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  • OUI for boating under the influence when I wasn't Driving?!

    I got pulled over because a friend was out of his seat. They checked safety gear and I passed a sobriety test on open water, 2 life jackets short, went directly to the marina got 2 more life jackets. 5 hrs later and after leaving the cove where we...

    Christopher’s Answer

    I absolutely agree with Wayne. Furthermore, BUIs are typically weaker cases than a typical DUI on land. Not always, but in my experience I would much rather defend a BUI than a DUI if given a choice before a jury.

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  • I have an arrest warrant for failing to appear in court for underage DUI, what should I do?

    I was stopped for a DUI in CA. I was 20 at the time and blew a .06. I was not arrested and was allowed to walk home because I lived nearby, but my car got towed. This was my first time getting a DUI. I missed my first court date and was afraid aft...

    Christopher’s Answer

    This is a no-brainer. You simply need to turn yourself in to the police or the courts. But first, retain a good DUI lawyer. Go to NCDD.com for a list of qualified lawyers in your area.

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  • Will a misdemeanor for theft in 3rd degree barr me from employment in healthcare?

    I have relocated to California state with a prior conviction (theft 3rd degree) from Washington state that occurred in 2007 and is the only thing on my record. Will the conviction appear on background checks? I am aware that California has differe...

    Christopher’s Answer

    That is probably too broad of a question. Furthermore, no attorney can speak for the thousands of various "healthcare" providers. That question can only be answered by the potential employer.

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