Law Office Of James C. Forslund
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Very good administratively...made it easy to go through the process and pain of a DUI. However, they could go beyond the simple "checkboxes" of a DUI and into more of the fairness/equity side of a DUI...this was my first DUI and compared to many others with worse circumstances or even two DUI's, I received almost the maximum sentences with no aggravating circumstances...a little extra work could have gone a long way to help me.Jul 14, 2016James F.'s reply
This client had unreasonable expectations of his DUI defense from the beginning in that he thought we could have the court accommodate his lifestyle needs, which included his desire to have his BAC number “lowered” so he could remove the interlock device from his car, have no jail time and minimum house detention as well as reduction in the frequency of UAs required. He assumes that there are simple “checkboxes” in DUI cases that we casually filled in. I can say that in my 25 years of DUI defense practice I have rarely, if ever, encountered any case that merely required checking off boxes, and this certainly wasn’t one of them, as will be explained here. He also expresses disappointment that we instead should have instead pursued the fairness and equity side of a DUI more. This is due to his misperception of the law. The law mandates specific penalties for specific violations and there is very little room to win a reduction in them by arguing fairness or equity. This was his first DUI conviction true, but he incorrectly states he received almost the maximum sentences with no aggravating circumstances. In fact, there were several aggravating factors, among them a BAC in excess of .20, an accident and his attempt to flee from it. He could have received a year in jail, but we negotiated a plea with the DA for 30 days of in-home detention in exchange for dropping additional charges on the initial arrest. Finally, he states he feels the things would have gone better for him if we had done “a little extra work.” Our representation began by us sending his blood sample for re-testing, which confirmed the high BAC number. We then filed motions to suppress evidence and set a trial date. His license was revoked by the DMV but we were able to guide him through the process of early reinstatement resulting in him getting his license back in two months instead. However, after driving for 10 months, his license was again revoked due to three incidents where the interlock detected alcohol in his blood. We were able to get the Court to allow him to leave the country for an extended international business trip and two more times allow him furloughs to to travel for business in the U.S.. We also vacated five hearings to accommodate his schedule. We were able to have his monitoring unit switched to another type to accommodate his travel schedule. We exchanged over a dozen emails communicating with him during our representation. Despite all these incidents, we were able to get him an early termination of his probation.
I went to trial and I think they could have prepared more and the outcome would have been better. At one point I was wondering if they encouraged me to go to trial so they would receive more money.Apr 14, 2015Verified
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?We charge a flat fee for DUI defense representation at the DMV hearing, arraignment, pre-trial conference and disposition. We are also available for consultation while our client is on probation. We require an initial retainer deposit of 1/4 of the total amount, with the balance payable in equal installments over three months. For clients who have been revoked seeking to obtain a valid Colorado license, we charge a flat fee of $1,200, with an initial retainer of $600 and the balance payable 10 days before their DMV appearance.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Our process is we respond to telephone, text, email and online form inquiries from prospective new clients regarding DUI defense representation. During that first contact, we briefly assess the parameters of a case and schedule a complementary one hour in-office appointment, if possible, or a phone conference to gain a complete understanding of each individua situation. Following the initial consultation, if a client decides to retain our services, we require them to sign a fee agreement, make an initial retainer deposit and schedule monthly payments. In a typical DUI case we enter our appearance as attorney of record, set hearing dates at court and appear at the hearing which the Department of Revenue has set, request discovery and plan our defense strategy in consultation with the client. As a case proceeds, we communicate regularly with our clients, file the necessary motions and attend hearings. As a case proceeds, we advise our client regarding settlement offers or prepare and conduct a trial to the court. After a case has concluded, we follow up with our client to advise and assist them in the process to get their driver license reinstated. For clients whose licenses are revoked in other states and want to come to Colorado to obtain a driver license here, we help our clients prepare the necessary paperwork and accompany them to the DMV to ensure the process is completed successfully.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Jim Forslund was a Phi Beta Kappa scholar as an undergraduate at University of Colorado and holds a Master of Divinity degree in addition to his law degree from the University of Denver. Gary Pareja was recognized for superior grades at Metropolitan State University and is a graduate of Golden Gate Law School. The Colorado Supreme Court mandates 45 hours of continuing education. Jim and Gary exceed that requirement every time. They each spend over 20 hours per month researching the latest cases, legal treatises, scientific literature, and articles on the subject of drunk driving defense allowing them to be on the cutting edge of DUI defense at all times.