Every year, thousands of Colorado sports enthusiasts gather together to watch the Super Bowl. While enjoying the game, many adults over the age of 21 choose to enjoy alcoholic beverages. For more than 400 such Colorado drivers, their Super Bowl party came to an abrupt end when they were arrested for drunk driving over Super Bowl weekend.Colorado police regularly ramp up DUI patrols during certain holidays or events. This year, the Colorado Department of Transportation joined forces with the Colorado State Patrol in a campaign coined the “Heat Is On”. Through increased DUI patrols and checkpoints, state police aimed to pull over suspicious drivers and enforce drinking and driving laws.

Throughout the four-day campaign, Colorado police made a total of 421 DUI arrests. State police plan to carryout similar DUI campaigns during the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebration weekend.

A DUI arrest can be serious and result in fines, jail time and a permanent criminal record. Oftentimes, at the very least, individuals facing DUI charges face thousands of dollars in fines as well as suspension of their driver’s license. A DUI arrest also carries a social stigma that can negatively impact both an individual’s personal and professional life.

Individuals arrested and facing DUI charges would be wise to contact a legal professional for advice. A criminal defense attorney who is experienced in handling DUI matters will often be able to ensure for the best possible legal outcome. In many cases, police-collected evidence such as breathalyzer or blood alcohol tests are deemed inadmissible in court and effectively thrown out.

Source: KKTV, “421 Arrested For DUI Over Super Bowl Weekend,” Feb. 14, 2013