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Colorado team co-owner faces years of probation for DUI

During the Colorado Rockies' off-season, one of its co-owners, Charlie Monfort, has faced a rocky situation of his own. He was arrested for suspicion of DUI in Weld County in November. The case is over, and Monfort might not be seeing the inside of any correctional facilities, but he's still got some responsibilities on his plate resulting from his drunk driving conviction.

The Colorado DUI case concluded last week, when the high-profile defendant pleaded guilty to the charge against him. His sentence is 24 months of supervised probation. He must go through alcohol counseling, serve his community and be monitored by authorities, too.

Deciding to plead guilty might have been what Monfort and his defense lawyer felt was the best move. For public figures like a co-owner of a sports team, the strategy might also be a way to try to get the legal matter behind him and the Colorado team. In DUI cases overall, however, there can be various reasons for and methods of challenging the prosecution's case.

For example, was there reasonable cause for the traffic stop that resulted in the DUI arrest and charge? In Monfort's case, he was also cited for speeding. That sort of traffic violation gives police the right to pull a person over and begin a drunk driving investigation from there.

Part of that DUI investigation will undoubtedly be a breath or blood test. The results of those tests hurt Monfort's case. His alleged BAC level was more than three times the 0.08 limit. Sometimes, challenging those tests will prove that officers or the test devices are unreliable. Monfort didn't go after the sobriety tests. He seems to have accepted the charge and conviction based on his claim that he has a "disease" that he plans to work on.

The right or best way to handle a DUI arrest is different in each case. A drunk driving defense lawyer can discuss the legal options with a defendant and help guide him or her in the wisest direction.

Source: 9 News, "Rockies' co-owner pleads guilty to DUI," Blair Shiff, Jan. 3, 2014

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