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Colorado DUI Penalties

What Happens After a DUI Arrest in CO?

In Colorado, you can be charged with two different types of alcohol-related driving offenses: Driving Under the influence of Alcohol or Drugs (DUI) and Driving While Ability is Impaired (DWAI). If you’ve been arrested and charged with either offense, you’re going to need an experienced and aggressive DUI lawyer to represent your case.

Colorado law is very strict when it comes to convicting DUI and DWAI offenses. Without skilled legal representation, you may find yourself facing severe legal penalties and a detrimental mark on your criminal record. At Fife Luneau, P.C., our Denver DUI attorneys can advocate on your behalf and defend your rights in court.

We’re available 24/7! Contact our Denver DUI lawyers at (720) 408-7130 to schedule a free consultation.

DUI & DWAI Penalties

In Colorado, you can be charged with a DUI or a DWAI based on your blood alcohol concentration level (BAC). Per the state’s DWAI law, a 0.05% BAC level indicates that you are not mentally or physically capable of safely operating a vehicle. If you’re arrested on a DWAI charge, you may be facing a misdemeanor conviction and severe legal penalties. If your BAC level is at 0.08% or higher, you are driving above Colorado’s “legal limit” and may be charged with a DUI.

Administrative DUI Penalties

Administrative penalties are separate from criminal penalties and can impact your legal ability to drive in the future. It’s important to note that the Division of Motor Vehicles has the legal authority to suspend your license and charge you fees based on your current offense and any prior convictions. You have 7 days to request a DMV hearing if you want to challenge your license suspension.

DUI Penalties

  • 1st Offense
    • Up to 1 year in jail
    • $600-$1,000 fine
    • 8 points on your DMV record
    • License suspension for 9 months
    • 48-96 hours of public service
  • 2nd Offense
    • Up to 1 year in jail
    • $600-$1,500 fine
    • 8 points on your DMV record
    • License suspension for 1 year
    • 48-120 hours of public service
    • Ignition interlock device for 2 years
  • 3rd Offense
    • Up to 1 year in jail
    • $600-$1,500 fine
    • 12 points on your DMV record
    • License suspension for 2 years
    • 48-120 hours of public service
    • Ignition interlock device for 2 years
  • DUI with a Previous DWAI
    • Up to 1 year in jail
    • $800-$1,200 fine
    • 8 points on your DMV record
    • 52-104 hours of public service

DWAI Penalties

  • 1st Offense
    • Up to 1 year in jail
    • $200-$500 fine
    • 8 points on your DMV record
    • 24-48 hours of public service
  • 2nd Offense
    • Up to 1 year in jail
    • $600-$1,500 fine
    • 8 points on your DMV record
    • License suspension for 1 year
    • 48-120 hours of public service
    • Ignition interlock device for 2 years
  • 3rd Offense
    • Up to 1 year in jail
    • $600-$1,500 fine
    • 8 points on your DMV record
    • License suspension for 2 years
    • 48-120 hours of public service
    • Ignition interlock device for 2 years
  • DWAI with a Previous DUI
    • Up to 1 year in jail
    • $900-$1,500 fine
    • 8 points on your DMV record
    • 56-112 hours of public service

DUI & DWAI Felony Conviction

A DUI or DWAI charge can become a Colorado Class 4 Felony if you have 3 prior DUI/DWAI convictions or are charged with vehicular homicide or assault. If you are convicted, you may be facing 2-6 years in prison, 3 years of mandatory parole, and could pay fines up to $500,000.

Protect Your Future. Schedule a Consultation Today

Being arrested for a DUI or DWAI charge can be overwhelming without a skilled litigator to defend your case. If you require legal representation, look no further than the experienced and trial-tested Denver DUI attorneys at Fife Luneau, P.C. We work tirelessly to protect the rights of our clients, and because we aren’t afraid to go the distance, we have successfully represented thousands of DUI cases in Colorado.

Every moment counts. Call our Denver drunk driving lawyers at (720) 408-7130 to explore your legal options.

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