One of the common questions people have when they're arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) is whether they'll have to spend time in jail as part of their punishment. While the answer to this question varies from one state to the next, the truth is that it's unlikely that you'll be ordered to spend time behind bars for your first DUI conviction. However, if you're charged with this offense a second or third time, your chances of being sentenced to jail increase quite a bit.
As we've noted previously in this blog, the penalties for a DUI first offense in the state of Colorado do include a jail term ranging from five days to one year, meaning that going to jail is a possibility. That being said, it's likely that you'll have to worry more about the license suspension and the $300 to $1,000 fine, as these are more commonly applied penalties in these cases.
In the event that you're arrested for DUI a second or third time, the maximum jail term remains the same, however if it's your third offense you'll be ordered to serve a mandatory 60-day sentence at the very least.
With these potential consequences in mind, it's imperative to ensure that you're aware of your rights should you be pulled over on suspicion of DUI. Here at The Orr Law Firm, we've created an infographic on how to protect your rights in this situation.
Following an arrest for any driving-related crime, it's in your best interest to contact one of our attorneys in Denver for expert legal representation.