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.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
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.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I began a general law practice in 1979. Over the years, I began focusing that practice to exclusively handling DUI cases because it was an area of law that I particularly enjoyed and was good at. Together with my partner Gary Pareja, an Adams County prosecutor for 10 years, we derive a real sense of satisfaction by helping out ordinary folks who unfortunately experience a drinking and driving situation.
What types of customers have you worked with?
We have represented thousands of clients with their DUI cases over the years. They include young adults who have made a youthful error in judgement and driven after drinking, older first-time offenders who drove in a situation they know they shouldnt have, to people in their 50s 60s and 70s who have had prior incidents of DUI arrests and convictions. We have represented single mothers, people with commercial drivers licenses, and hard-working, law-abiding folks who made a bad decision. We also assist clients who come to Colorado from other states where they have had their licenses revoked, suspended and cancelled due to multiple DUI convictions and were able to help them get them a valid Colorado drivers license and regain control of their lives.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
We recently took a case right up to trial for a future teacher on a refusal. She did not feel she was impaired. She could not afford this alcohol offense on her record, because it would affect her ability to get a job. The DA backed down on the date of trial and offered a wet reckless.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
If you have been ticketed for DUI in Colorado, it is critical that you retain an experienced, aggressive and reasonably priced attorney who specializes in DUI defense. Not only will you face criminal charges in county court, but the Department of Motor Vehicles may revoke your driving privileges. If you refused to submit to a blood or breath test during the traffic stop, you may have already had to surrender your drivers license to police. There is a very short deadline for you to request a DMV hearing. If you submitted to a chemical test of your breath or blood and the result was above .08, you face serious consequences and a license revocation. If you have prior DUI convictions, no matter how long ago or in any state, you are subject to additional court sanctions and possibly a serious felony charge under a new Colorado law. The worst thing you can do is appear at your arraignment by yourself and try to negotiate with the district attorney. It is their job to secure a conviction.
The best advice I can give is for you to retain our services for three reasons. My partner and I have a combined total of 60 years of DUI practice in jurisdictions throughout the state. With that background, we are able to tailor our defense strategies to provide you with the most effective representation and best outcome of your case. Our flat fee is $1,400 to take a case through all the hearings up to trial and you can start with a $350 retainer deposit with easy monthly payments.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Some of the questions you should be thinking about before talking to an attorney are:
What qualifications, education and reputation does the attorney have?
How many years has the attorney defended DUI clients?
How many DUI cases has the attorney handled?
Does the attorney specialize in DUI or is it just one area of their practice?
What do their past clients say about them in reviews?
How much will it cost?
What outcome can I expect, based on the attorneys experience with cases like mine?