Pitkin County DWAI


If you were arrested for DWAI in Aspen, Snowmass, Carbondale, Basalt – or anywhere in Pitkin County, you will need advice and help from a reputable DWAI attorney. Tiftickjian Law Firm, P.C. is here to help. A DWAI is a misdemeanor in the State of Colorado under Colorado Revised Statute 42-4-1301(1)(b). If you are found guilty you may be subjected to incarceration. There are potentially other severe penalties for anyone found guilty of DWAI.

A DWAI is related to a DUI. DUI stands for “Driving Under the Influence.” DWAI might seem less severe because it stands for “Driving While Ability Impaired” but in reality the charge is very serious and can lead to punishments similar to those DUI offenders might receive if found guilty. When you are charged with DWAI, it means that you have been accused of driving a vehicle without the ability to remain in control of the vehicle due to the presence of alcohol or drugs in your body.

Proving that a person was driving while ability impaired is based on both objective and subjective information. A Blood Alcohol Content (“BAC”) test is used to determine the exact percentage of alcohol in your blood stream at the time of the incident. A BAC between .05 and .079 infers that you are impaired to drive. This information is factual and based on scientific evidence. But whether or not you were actually able to safely control your vehicle can be considered subjective data. This is the type of information that can be argued in court by an experienced and skilled attorney. Tiftickjian Law Firm, P.C. is lead by attorney Mr. Jay Tiftickjian. He has defended more than a thousand DUI-related cases in his career and has achieved successful trial results for many of clients charged with DWAI.

A DWAI in Pitkin County means your BAC was greater than 0.05 and less than 0.08 at the time of your arrest. If your BAC was greater than 0.08, the charge would likely have been DUI instead of DWAI. However, these numbers alone do not always result in a guilty verdict. In the State of Colorado, your attorney has the right to present additional evidence to the court during your trial. Some of the additional evidence that may be argued includes your body type and size and any video that may have been taken when you were pulled over. Many police vehicles routinely video record traffic stops, and this may show your ability (or inability) to pass a roadside sobriety test.

When you are facing incarceration because of a DWAI charge, you need an experienced attorney who knows how to refute evidence that may be presented by prosecutors in Pitkin County Court. Even if your DWAI is the very first traffic offense you have ever received, it must be handled correctly by an unwavering and determined defense attorney. If this is your second or third DUI or DWAI, the importance of working with a skilled attorney is even greater.

If you were charged with DWAI in Aspen or a nearby town or community in Pitkin County, call Tiftickjian Law Firm, P.C. as soon as possible. Mr. Tiftickjian or one of the other accomplished attorneys at the firm will provide you with a free initial consultation. Call 970-544-1919 or e-mail us through this website to schedule your appointment.