Denver Bronco’s Moreno Arrested for DUI
Knowshon Moreno, the Denver Bronco’s running back, was arrested on February 1, 2012, and charged with DUI, failing to have insurance and careless driving when he was pulled over by Denver police. According to a report by Denver television station KDVR-31, Moreno was driving a Bentley with personalized license plates “SAUCED” at approximately 70 miles an hour on Interstate 25 near Quincy Avenue and Union Avenue in a 65 mph area, which currently is a construction zone and has a posted speed limit of 45 mph. Moreno failed breath and field sobriety tests and was taken to a detox facility. He is scheduled to be arraigned on March 2, 2012.
Moreno was the 12th NFL draft pick in 2009 and has been experiencing a disappointing season before taking off a year for a torn ACL injury sustained during the November 13th game in Kansas City. He lost his tailback job earlier in the season to Willis McGahee. The Broncos made a statement acknowledging Moreno’s arrest and stating that the organization is taking the arrest seriously and monitoring it closely while the matter is under investigation.
Colorado DUI/DWAI Laws
Under Colorado DUI Statute C.R.S.A 42-4-1301, when a person is arrested in Colorado for DUI or DWAI, it is considered a misdemeanor offense, with a maximum one year jail sentence, unless the case involves a vehicular manslaughter or assault charge and/or other circumstances surrounding the arrest. You can also face a maximum fine of $1,000. In addition, you may have to pay restitution to any victims that were injured by you. If you are convicted of related charges, then more time could be added to your sentence. Factors taken into consideration by the judge include:
• How many other DUI arrests you have had
• Your BAC level
• Whether you were driving in a reckless manner
• Your attitude towards the arresting officer
• Whether there was an accident and injuries to other persons
• Whether you are remorseful
When considering how to charge you, the district attorney does not need to present any blood alcohol evidence. You could be convicted upon the arresting officer’s testimony that the officer either observed you driving in a manner that suggested you were driving under the influence such as swerving and/or that the officer smelled alcohol on your breath. Or you could be convicted based upon a breath and/or blood alcohol test showing your BAC was over the legal limit of 0.08. If convicted, you can also face the suspension of your driver’s license by the Colorado Department of Motor vehicles.
Hiring a DUI Attorney
Facing DUI/DWAI charges in Colorado is a serious matter requiring the representation of a Colorado DUI/DWAI attorney. It is recommended that you contact a Colorado DUI attorney immediately upon your arrest to defend you. Imhoff & Associates – Criminal Attorneys specialize in defending clients charged with DUI and DWAI offenses. Your attorney can raise such defenses as your fourth amendment unreasonable search and seizure rights were violated, the blood alcohol test or breath test machine was not working properly, the person who gave the test did not follow proper procedures or made an error or your blood alcohol sample was not handled properly or misplaced. Your attorney may be able to get your charges reduced to a lesser crime, get you community service, probation, attendance in an alcohol treatment program or get your case dismissed.
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