DUI Court Process

Following an arrest or citation for driving under the influence (DUI), the accused will face a multistage legal process in court to determine his or her innocence or guilt (the criminal justice process in court is independent from the administrative hearing with the Colorado DMV during which loss or retention of driving privileges is determined).

At every step of the DUI court case process, it is essential that you have experienced legal counsel defending your rights and representing your interests in order to minimize the chance of conviction and/or any possible DUI penalties you may face.

How The DUI Court Case Process Unfolds

The DUI court case process starts with a court summons that requires you to go to court in order to face the complaint (i.e., charges) against you. Once you have received the summons detailing when and where you are to appear, the next steps of the DUI court case process are as follows:

  • The arraignment will be the first time you confront a judge and the prosecutor. During the arraignment, the charges filed against you will be formally read, and you will be required to enter a plea (i.e., not guilty, no contest or guilty).
  • When a "not guilty" plea is entered, a pretrial hearing will take place. During these proceedings, your DUI defense attorney will meet with the prosecutor to try to come to a plea agreement, which can involve either lesser charges or a less harsh punishment. These hearings attempt to settle the case before going to trial in an effort to save time and the expenses associated with the trial process.
  • If a plea agreement is not reached, a suppression hearing may follow. During these hearings, your lawyer can argue that certain evidence be omitted from the trial and/or challenge the results of blood tests or field sobriety tests.
  • The trial will be the next step; during trial, your attorney can present your defense either before a judge who will solely adjudicate the case or before a jury who will decide the verdict.
  • Should a guilty determination be made, the sentencing process will follow. Depending on the nature of the case, your attorney may appeal a guilty verdict.

At FleschLaw our accomplished Denver DUI attorneys have proven records of successfully defending those accused of DUI. We believe that our clients are innocent until proven guilty, and we will work tirelessly to build them the strongest possible defense case at every stage of the Denver DUI court case process. Our fierce litigating skills — coupled with our comprehensive knowledge of Colorado DUI law and our steadfast dedication to our clients — consistently help us achieve the most favorable possible outcomes to our clients' cases.

Contact FleschLaw today!

“ Fleschlaw rocks!!! ”

I had a DUI that I thought was bogus. I got Kevin and his staff on it right away. I never lost my license and he got the case dismissed at the motions hearing. Kevin told me what he thought would happen and he delivered. – John

“ Fleschlaw really helped me ”

I had two driving under suspension tickets pending. I thought for sure I was going to Jail. Kevin was able to help me understand the DMV process, get my driving privilege back and resolve the two tickets so I didn't go to Jail and I can drive again. Amazing... – Juan

“ Kevin can try a case!!!”

Kevin handled my criminal case. The DA would not make me any offers and so we went to trial. The trial took all day but Kevin made their star witness look incredible and a liar. The jury came back fast - not guilty. Kevin was great in trial!!! - Larry

“ Delighted!!! ”

I was very, very happy with the service I received from Kevin and delighted with the results. I certainly recommend Kevin to anyone that will need his type of service. I was looking at the possibility of losing my license and not only did I keep my license, but I still have points to spare! Delighted!!! - Marc

“ Fantastic Results ”

I got charged with a DUI and I didn't think the police officer should have contacted me to begin with. I knew I needed a lawyer to make the arguments for me. I interviewed several lawyers and felt comfortable with Kevin. He had to file motions and then have a hearing on the issue. His arguments were right on and the Judge granted my requests. The case was dismissed. – Wanda

“ Fleschlaw is the real deal ”

I was on probation for a DUI and I got another one. I freaked out and called Kevin. He calmed me down and worked for over 9 months and finally got my new case reduced to a reckless driving. I hate court but Kevin and his staff really worked hard and never gave up. In the end, Fleschlaw exceeded my expectations. – Derick

“ Real Lawyer that Fights for You ”

I looked around for a lawyer for a awhile. I met with Kevin and explained my case. We went to court and he got the case dismissed. He is the best. - Jimmy

“ Very good lawyer very good results ”

I was charged with DUI. I thought my life was over. Kevin met with me and really wanted to know what happened. After hearing how I was arrested, he thought the officer should not have contacted me. He was able to get my case dismissed. – Ron

“ Great Attorney ”

He was very helpful in my criminal case. He helped me stay out of jail. He is very friendly and I liked the people in his office. – Criminal Defense Client