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A Denver, Colorado DUI Sentencing Attorney Outlines DUI Charges & Penalties

Denver, Colorado DUI Law Firm Helping Clients Avoid or Minimize DUI Sentencing

Fife Luneau, PC provides the following outline of Colorado DUI sentencing guidelines so that you may familiarize yourself with the way DUI charges are handled in Colorado courts. Our firm has handled thousands of DUI cases. Whether you are a first-offender or have multiple DUI convictions on your record, we can help you avoid or minimize both the immediate and lasting consequences of a DUI charge.

These are the criminal penalties for DUI. For more information about the civil penalties for DUI, including driver's license suspension or revocation and the accumulation of points assessed for violations, please see our DMV hearings page.

First DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired)

  • Mandatory jail time - two days (if BAC was over 0.20, then 10 days)
  • Range of possible jail - two to 180 days (if BAC was over 0.20, then 10 to 180 days)
  • Fines - $200 to $500
  • Public service - 24 to 480 hours (24 mandatory)

First DUI (Driving Under the Influence)

  • Mandatory jail time - five days (if BAC was over 0.20, then 10 days)
  • Jail time - five days to one year (if BAC was over 0.20, then 10 days to one year)
  • Fines - $600 to $1000
  • Public service - 48 to 96 hours

DWAI or DUI with a Prior Conviction

  • Mandatory jail time - 10 days consecutive
  • Jail time - 10 days to one year
  • Fines - $600 to $1,500
  • Public service - 48 to 120 hours (48 mandatory)

DWAI or DUI with Two or More Prior Convictions

  • Mandatory jail time - 60 days consecutive
  • Jail time - 60 days to one year
  • Fines - $600 to $1,500
  • Public service - 48 to 120 hours (48 mandatory)

Prior convictions that affect sentencing include not only previous DUI and DWAI convictions, but also vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, driving with license restrained, and aggravated driving with a revoked license.

Talk to an Experienced Defense Attorney about Denver Drunk Driving Sentencing

If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI, do not hesitate to contact Charles L. Fife & Associates, PC for a free initial consultation. Colorado DUI sentencing guidelines are strict, but you better your chances of minimizing the consequences of a drunk driving arrest if you talk to an experienced Denver criminal lawyer.

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