The Legal Limit in Colorado
What is the Colorado BAC Limit?
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- In Colorado you are considered "under the influence" with a blood or breath alcohol content of .08 or greater.
- You can still be charged with DUI even if your test result comes back below .080.
- Commercial drivers will lose their CDL if they have a BAC of .04
- You can and will be charged with a DUI if you refuse to submit to a chemical test while showing signs or indicia of impairment or being under the influence
- You are guilty of DUI if you are substantially incapable of operating a motor vehicle safely
- Colorado is a no tolerance state. You will be arrested and charged for DWAI if you have a blood or breath alcohol content between .050 and .079
- You can still be charged with DWAI even if your test result comes back below .050.
- If an officer believes that your ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired to the slightest degree as ordinarily capable, you will be charged with driving while ability impaired
- There is no separate statute for DUID – the DUI statute covers drugs, alcohol or a combination of both. DUID is actually a made up term as you will be charged with DUI if you are suspected of driving under the influence of drugs.
- The state must prove that you operated a motor vehicle while under the influence or that you were impaired to the slightest degree. Colorado recently approved a permissible inference limit for THC or Marijuana of 5ng. The current limit is 5 ng/100ml of blood of the active metabolite in THC (Delta-9). You can still be charged with a DUI even if your test results are below the 5ng permissible inference level or if you have a combination of drugs and alcohol in your system or you are suspected of being under the influence of other drugs, including prescription and OTC drugs.
- You can and will be charged with a DUID if you refuse to submit to a chemical test while showing signs or indicia of impairment of being under the influence of drugs.
- It is illegal for any person under the age of twenty-one to operate a motor vehicle with a blood or breath content of .020% or greater. A BAC between .020% and .049% will result in the person being charged with UDD (underage drinking and driving).
- Underage Drinking and Driving is a Class A Traffic infraction that carries the loss of your license among other penalties.
- Minors will be prosecuted the same as adults for BACs at or above .050%.
** Blood alcohol level is expressed in grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.
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