By: The Orr Law Firm
Driving under the influence (DUI) is a charge that leads to severe punishments in many states. Colorado is no exception. The state of Colorado has two levels of alcohol-related driving offenses, and both are based on the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of the person operating a vehicle—driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol (DUI) and driving while ability is impaired (DWAI).
If you are convicted of either offense, you face automatic penalties, called administrative penalties. These punishments will cause an automatic suspension of your driver’s license in addition to fees and points depending on the level of the offense.
While most 1st-time DUI offenses are misdemeanors, there are a couple of cases that could lead to a felony conviction. For example, according to Colorado law, a person who commits a 4th or subsequent DUI offense commits a class 4 felony. The court could sentence you to probation rather than a prison sentence; however, the law requires the court to also order as a condition of probation the following:
Additionally, if probation is granted, the defendant will have to complete 48 to 120 hours of public service, complete a level II alcohol and drug driving safety education or treatment program at the accused’s own expense, and any other conditions of probation.
However, if the court doesn’t sentence you to probation, you face harsher punishments. Four a 4th or subsequent DUI, you could face up to 6 years in prison and be fined up to $500,000. However, if your DUI led to vehicular assault or vehicular homicide, you could still face a felony charge even if it is your 1st DUI conviction.
A conviction for a DUI offense can lead to severe consequences. Those who are convicted of a DUI will have it displayed on their criminal record, which can make it harder for them to find a job, particularly if a good driving record is a requirement. Commercial truck drivers, for example, might no longer be eligible for their commercial driver’s license if they are convicted of a DUI. Housing can also be hard to find if the owner of the property conducts background checks on all his or her tenants.
Make sure you give yourself the best defense possible if you’re facing a DUI or DWAI charge. Our skilled Denver criminal defense attorneys can help. The Orr Law Firm is Colorado’s premier DUI defense law firm. Our lawyers are well trained to look over your case and determine what the best course of action is in your case. Call us as soon as possible so we can begin mounting a good defense. Our attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights and freedom of our clients. Let us see what we can do for you.
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