DUI Defense Attorney
A Serious Misdemeanor
A first-time DUI in Colorado can lead to serious consequences, despite the fact that it is considered a misdemeanor crime in most cases. DUI charges in Colorado incur criminal and administrative penalties. You can face jail time, steep fines, and lose your driver’s license.
In addition to DUI charges, Colorado can charge you with DWAI, or “driving while ability impaired.” Such charges are for those who drive a vehicle after consuming alcohol and or another substance that causes impairment behind the wheel. Colorado can charge you with DWAI when you are impaired with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05 but less than the national DUI standard of 0.08.
Threatening your Privileges
When you face DUI charges, you run the risk of harsh penalties. In Colorado, for example, you could lose your license for three months and incur 12 points against it. Reinstating your license is not always easy; you must complete an alcohol and substance abuse program and may be subjected to installing an ignition interlock device.
Criminal penalties for a Colorado DUI can carry a mandatory minimum incarceration period. For a first-time offense, the state can require the defendant to spend at least five days in jail. This period of incarceration can be extended to up to a full year. Although it is rare to face jail time for a first-time offense, it is not off the table. If a defendant’s BAC was registered at .2 or higher, the jail sentence becomes mandatory.
Fighting the Fines
Fines are a common penalty when one is convicted of DUI. In Colorado, you can expect a fine of between $600 to $1000. For DWAI, you can expect fines of $200 to $500. Community service is also a common penalty.
You cannot afford to face such charges alone in court. DUI is a complex area of litigation and you would greatly benefit from a competent and aggressive criminal defense from an experienced attorney like Miller Leonard. Mr. Leonard is a former DUI prosecutor; he has taught other lawyers on the subject; he has attended specialized DUI training; he has testified before the legislature about felony DUI laws and penalties. Contact Miller Leonard, PC for a free consultation by calling 720-613-8783 today.