Multiple Alcohol Offenses in Colorado
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If you are charged with and convicted of DUI in Colorado, you may face serious consequences, including the loss of driving privileges, high court fines, extended period of probation, and possibly jail time. But what if this is your second or third time being charged with a DUI? Colorado law mandates that drivers convicted of a second DUI in a lifetime must spend a minimum of 10 days in jail. Your third DUI conviction carries a minimum jail time of 60 days in county jail with more time likely.
In Colorado, past DUI convictions from other states are brought to bear on your punishment. Alcohol offenses are lifelong offenses in Colorado.
Repeat Offender Consequences
The results of a conviction for a repeat DUI offender are truly devastating. That is why when you are facing another DUI charge on top of one you already have from this state or another, you need the help of a Denver DUI lawyer to defend you. When you enlist the help of the attorneys at The Orr Law Firm, you enlist focused and passionate DUI attorneys who have years of experience handling cases like yours.
We fight to preserve your right to drive, and we do everything within our power to keep you from spending time in jail. If jail is mandatory, we do everything to help position you in such a way to convince the court why you deserve the minimum sentence and not the maximum. Our attorneys gather and examine all the facts surrounding your DUI charge to help explore any possibility of having the DUI charges lessened or dropped completely.
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The Orr Law firm's primary focus is DUI and criminal traffic defense. Rhidian Orr and his team of experienced attorneys have worked on thousands of DUI cases and garnered a reputation as one of Colorado’s best DUI law firms. When you bring your case to The Orr Law Firm, you know you are receiving legal guidance and representation from a team of lawyers and staff who focuses their practice in this particular type of law and has demonstrated success navigating the difficult terrain of Colorado DUI laws.
DUI & Lifetime Consequences in Colorado
Alcohol offenses are lifetime offenses in Colorado. Convictions cannot be expunged and the case cannot be sealed. Because of the legislation to make DUI and other alcohol offenses lifelong offenses, a large number of cases are being treated as a multiple offense or a repeat offender.
Multiple convictions for alcohol-related driving offenses require minimum mandatory jail time in Colorado. It does not matter where the prior offense occurred or how long ago it occurred. If the state of Colorado finds a prior alcohol conviction from another state, the district attorney will be forced to seek jail time and the judge will be legally bound to sentence you to no less than the mandatory minimums upon conviction or a plea to an alcohol-related driving offense. Multiple offenders should always hire a seasoned Colorado DUI lawyer to represent their interests and protect their freedoms.
Why Fight Your Multiple DUI Charges?
Clients with prior offenses oftentimes ask why they should fight their case or why a jury would believe them if they have a prior offense. The burden of proof for the State does not change regardless if this is a first offense or a sixth. The district attorney cannot use your priors in trial (as long as you or your defense attorney does not “open the door”); the evidence and testimony in your case will be the determining factors of your guilt. Prior offenses only come into play in determining the appropriate sentencing and penalties. Sentencing requirements for repeat offenders are more severe than that of first-time offenders unless there are aggravating factors, such as accidents, injuries, high BACs, lack of cooperation or remorse, etc.
The Legislator passed HB 1347 effective July 1, 2010 that increased penalties for multiple offenders. Multiple offenders are no longer eligible for alternative sentencing programs and the minimum mandatory jail time has significantly increased. If you have been charged with a DUI, regardless if you have a prior offense, you need to seek the counsel of a competent and skilled Colorado DUI defense law firm.
Repeat offenders have the same rights as first-time offenders. Exercise your rights and hire the right Denver DUI defense lawyer. Call (720) 619-2676!