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Asked over 1 year ago - Denver, CO

well I'm from el Paso Texas, I'm 21 and I got a DWI when I was twenty, its been almost two years and I still haven't been convicted which means I'm still out on bond since I check in every week by phone only. Well recently I came to Denver with my brother to work since I wasn't in el Paso, and night of partying turned against me and I got busted for diu and possession of controlled substance. So I'm in a hole since I have to go back to el Paso for court in February but now I'm in bond here, what is it I should do?

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  1. Nicholas Lubchenco

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    Answered . The simple answer is get an experienced attorney. DUIs are technical cases. You want to make sure your attorney is good with DUIs and with felony cases. If you can't afford an attorney, apply for a public defender to help you. Also, stay out of trouble.
    Most of us DUI and criminal defense attorneys offer free consultations. Talk with attorneys until you find one you like and can afford.
    Good luck.

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  2. Frank Mascagni III

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    Answered . Hire a criminal defense attorney in Denver; advise your TX criminal defense attorney of your new arrest and have the 2 lawyers speak to formulate a joint defense to resolve both cases without impacting the other. Get counsel!

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  3. Ralph F. Guerra

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    Answered . You should call your attorney in El Paso so he can advise the court in February, or possibly waive your appearance to avoid an El Paso warrant but your bond in El Paso is likely to be revoked once the court learns of your new law violation. Two years on a pending DWI charge seems like a long time, unless there was serious injury or death involved. You should have both your lawyers communicating.

  4. Charles K. Kenyon Jr.

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    Answered . You should be talking to your El Paso lawyer as well as a good DUI / DWI lawyer there in Denver. You are almost certainly in violation of your bond. This will be complicated.


    Often people think that because it isn’t a murder case, a drunk driving case is simple. Nothing could be further from the truth. These cases can be among the most complex a criminal defense lawyer handles. The government is willing to spend an incredible amount of money to convict you though. They will have expert witnesses available for consultation and trial.

    That you have been charged or that some contraption says your alcohol level was at a certain level does not mean that you are guilty. It certainly does not mean that you can be proven guilty using competent, valid evidence.

    Field sobriety “tests” are designed to give police a reason to arrest. You cannot “pass” them. The police will admit that almost a third of healthy young adults who take these tests without any alcohol will be judged to be “under the influence” – and that assumes they are properly administered!

    After even a first drunk driving conviction, you may face employment discrimination. You will certainly be charged higher for insurance. Having such a conviction will also make you a target for drunk driving arrest in future interactions with police. You will automatically become a suspect.

    You will want a lawyer who is familiar with field sobriety “tests,” perhaps one who is certified to administer these tests. You will want a lawyer familiar with the weaknesses of the contraptions that are used to report alcohol or drug levels. You want an experienced trial lawyer, used to cross-examining police officers. Police officers are practiced, experienced witnesses.

    That is, you want an experienced drunk driving defense lawyer, whether you call the offense DUI, OWI, DWI, OUI, or drugged driving.



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  5. Keith G Langer

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    Answered . The immediate issue is the new OUI. IF you are deemed indigent, you will have an attorney appointed. If not, you will need to retain your own. As you are on bond, how this matter is disposed of is important.

    Contact the Denver and CO bar associations for referrals.

    The foregoing is for general information purposes and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.
  6. Michael Douglas Shafer

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    Answered . Get a good DUI attorney to unravel your mess. Also, dislodge your head.

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