Failing to Appear in Court for DUI Charge

Generally in Colorado, failing to appear in court for your criminal case results in the issuance of a warrant for your arrest.  However, this is not true for failing to appear in court for any traffic infraction case, Including DUI’s and DWAI’s.

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Now that the holidays are upon us, I thought it was a perfect time to remind students if you are charged with a DUI or a DWAI, whether it is on campus or off, you will face University disciplinary proceedings as well as criminal proceedings in State Court.

CU has a “three strikes” policy for students with alcohol offenses. If you have had alcohol-related tickets in the past, you face more serious University penalties, up to and including suspension and expulsion. Importantly, you are not entitled to have an attorney present for any CU disciplinary proceeding. However, attorneys can attend and usually must remain silent. I have counseled students as to what to expect at their disciplinary hearing, what to say at their hearing, as well as attended their hearing with them.

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