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Being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) can be a frightening experience, especially if you’ve never been in trouble with the law before. A knowledgeable Colorado DUI lawyer from The Orr Law Firm can explain the legal implications of your arrest and develop an effective plan for dealing with the charges against you.
Motorists caught driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) above .08 percent will be charged with a DUI, and face the following penalties if convicted:
- Incarceration: A first-time DUI conviction may involve jail time between five days and one year. Judges usually hand down more jail time if the offender has a high or aggravated BAC, was involved in an accident or after second and subsequent offenses.
- Large fines: The fine is between $600 and $1,000 for a first-offense DUI. These fines increase to up to $1,500 for subsequent convictions. This does not include the cost of prosecution, as well as, all the out-of-pocket costs associated with probation, monitored sobriety and alcohol classes.
- License suspension: A first-offense DUI conviction may result in a one-year administrative driver’s license revocation in Colorado, potentially leaving you unable to travel to work or school. If it is your second or third offense, you could lose your license for between one and five years — a substantial amount of time to go without driving privileges.
- Mandatory IIDs: Even on a first offense, you may have to install an ignition interlock device (IID), which comes at your own expense and requires you to pass a BAC test before you can start the car and periodically while driving. Upon subsequent convictions, IID installation is typically mandatory and for longer periods of time.
With the potential penalties in mind, you can understand why it's critically important to work with a trustworthy DUI lawyer to fight the charges against you. At The Orr Law Firm our lawyers have the skill and experience you need to ensure you receive the best possible outcome given the facts of your case. We use effective defense strategies to minimize jail time, avoid hefty fines and preserve your driving privileges.
Other Types of Offenses
In addition to DUI, the following other types of alcohol and controlled substance-related traffic offenses are regulated by state law and prosecuted similarly:
- DWAI: According to state law, driving while ability impaired (DWAI) occurs when you operate a vehicle after consuming alcohol or drugs -- or a combination of both. These substances must result in you being unable to the exercise clear judgment mentally or physically, thereby impairing your ability to drive safely to the slightest degree. Even if your BAC is below the legal limit, you may still face DWAI charges. Any BAC above .05 but below the .08 threshold will result in a DWAI charge in Colorado.
- DUID: Driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) has become a particular focus of law enforcement since 2012, when Colorado voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana. But the type of drug doesn’t matter when it comes to DUID — if law enforcement officers deem that you’re impaired, you will be arrested and charged accordingly. You will be required to submit to a blood test and failure to comply will result in you being charged with a Refusal and potentially losing your license for a minimum of one year.
- UDD: Underage drunk driving (UDD) involves anyone under the age of 21 operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In accordance with the law, offenders who are not of the legal drinking age and have BACs that measure above .02 percent — the equivalent of less than one drink for many people — face charges and penalties if convicted.
Understanding DUI Charges & Penalties
DUI is the most serious misdemeanor offense related to drunk driving in Colorado.
Is a DUI a Felony in Colorado?
In Colorado, a DUI is a Class 4 Felony if there were previous 3 or more previous DUI convictions. It can also be charged as a Class 4 Felony if it led to vehicular homicide or vehicular assault.
Experienced and well-trained, we keep you informed at every step in your case and help you explore all of your legal options. Call us today at (303) 747-4247 for a free case evaluation.
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Would you like further guidance on drunk driving defense in Colorado? Call The Orr Law Firm today at (303) 747-4247 or contact us online to set up a free initial phone consultation. Our trusted lawyers represent clients located in Denver and throughout Colorado.