Practice Areas: DUI, traffic offense, criminal charge
William Smith (“Will”) is an experienced litigator who has both prosecuted and defended nearly every type of traffic offense, including traffic offenses involving death. Will is a former Deputy District Attorney. While with the District Attorney’s Office, Will acted in a supervisory capacity, overseeing other Deputy District Attorneys and handling the office’s sensitive matters.
Will has focused his private practice on DUI Defense and Criminal Litigation. Will approaches his practice with a “client first” attitude. Every client is different and every case is different. You can expect a thorough evaluation of your case and a straight-forward analysis of your potential defenses.
It is important to have an attorney that is not afraid to take your case to trial. Will has extensive trial experience resulting in acquittals for his clients. While many cases do not go to trial, you can expect the best result when the prosecution knows your attorney is prepared and willing to litigate your case.
A DUI can have a devastating effect on your life. Will knows how to minimize the impact of these charges on your life.
Will has successfully litigated Department of Revenue Actions (“DMV Suspensions”) on behalf of his clients, including those with commercial driver licenses (“CDL’s”). Will understands the complicated and ever-changing regulations that can affect your driving privileges. There are many procedural and technical defenses that Will has successfully utilized to his clients’ benefit.
Will has both defended and prosecuted DUI’s involving marijuana consumption. These so-called “DUI-D” cases require specialized knowledge about the effects and detection of marijuana. Will has specialized training in DUI-D involving marijuana which he puts to work for his clients.
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS
Member, Colorado Bar Association
Member, Douglas Elbert County Bar Association
J.D., Stetson University College of Law, 2008
M.B.A., Stetson University School of Business, 2008
B.A., Florida State University, 2004
Over 67 years of legal experience
When contacting our offices one of the first questions people will often ask our defense attorneys is “What is the chance of winning a case in Colorado?” Every case is unique and presents a different set of circumstances. For example, a case in Aurora would be defended differently from a case in Denver, or a case in Lakewood. However, the sooner you contact a lawyer, the greater your chances are of getting a favorable outcome. Our attorneys have the combined experience of handling thousands of cases throughout their careers.
Our Colorado lawyers aggressively defend your rights. Certain situations offer options such as evidence suppression, dismissal of the charges, or greatly reduced penalties, but only an experienced lawyer will be able to understand the circumstances surrounding your case fully. If you have prior charges or a felony on your record, it is especially important to contact a defense attorney promptly to seek advice and understand your case.
Driver’s License Revocations from DUI
A DUI arrest results in two separate legal proceedings against you: the criminal case and an administrative license revocation hearing through the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles. If your BAC is confirmed through chemical testing to be .08 or above, or if you refused to submit to a breath or blood test, you will be subject to a license revocation through a civil administration hearing.
Alcohol Related Driving Offenses
There are two different alcohol related offenses that can result from driving after you have consumed alcohol. Whether you are charged with one or the other depends on the amount of alcohol in your system. The charges are: “Driving While Ability Impaired” – DWAI and “Driving Under the Influence” – DUI.
The Colorado law firm, Thomas Law Firm, defends all types of DUIs, from drug related to alcohol impaired driving offenses. If you have been accused of driving under the influence for felony or misdemeanor charges, contact our DUI criminal defense lawyers at(720) 542-6148.
Injury Property Damage And Car Crash DUI
A car crash is a situation nobody wants to find themselves in, let alone be responsible for. In Denver, the penalties for these accidents include heightened insurance rates, fines, and, if alcohol was involved, legal repercussions including serious and potential felony DUI charges. When a drunk driver is involved in a car crash that leads to property damage or bodily injury, the penalties increase significantly.
DUI/DWAI for Commerical Drivers
Penalties for receiving a DUI are much harsher for commercial drivers and the consequences may reach far beyond losing your license and paying a fine. Commercial drivers are subject to stricter standards because their job requires them to operate vehicles that can contain toxic waste or precious cargo—it is a matter of public safety that these drivers be as safe as possible. Driving drunk while operating a company vehicle puts the company as well as the public-at-large at risk.
Recent changes to Colorado law have made it so it is now legal to possess and use marijuana. However, it is still a crime to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana or any other drug. A conviction for driving under the influence of drugs will lead to the same penalties as driving under the influence of alcohol.