Repeat DUI Defense Attorney
Subsequent DUI Expectations
Convicted first-time DUI offenders typically do not face the full force of the law when they are sentenced. However, in Colorado, if you are a repeat DUI offender you are more likely to receive jail time, as well as an increased license suspension and even higher court fees. Penalties may be even more severe if you refuse to submit to chemical tests to prove your blood alcohol content.
Second and third-time DUIs are handled firmly by the courts. If a subsequent DUI has caused bodily injury or property damage, it becomes much more likely that the charge will be elevated to a felony offense from a misdemeanor offense. A felony DUI can be punished with over a year of incarceration.
Second DUI Penalties
Second DUI Offense
Unlike other states that consider a lookback period, Colorado makes things very straight forward. If your first DUI was thirty years ago, your first DUI since then can be considered as your second DUI. Judges are allowed to consider DUIs for as long as possible, as a DUI in this state cannot be expunged.
For a second offense DUI, your license can be suspended for a minimum of 12 months. As with a first offense, 12 points will be added to your license. Judges consider the time that has passed between your first and second DUI when deciding the length of time that your license is suspended. Your second DUI conviction in Colorado will also require you to spend a minimum of 10 days in prison. Fines usually accompany these sentences. For a second offense, you can expect fines of a minimum of $600.00 to a maximum of $1,500.00. In addition, you may have to complete 48 to 120 hours of community service.
Second DWAI Penalties
Second DWAI Offense
DWAI typically accompanies drunk driving charges. Second offense DWAI can incur penalties of 10 days to a full year in jail (with a mandatory minimum of 10 days), fines of between $600.00 and $1,500.00, 48 to 120 hours of community service, and license suspension for up to a full year.
Building Your Case
The more DUI convictions you accumulate, the harsher the penalties. Attorney Miller Leonard is a long-time criminal defense lawyer in Golden, Colorado with 17 years of experience. He has practiced as both a State Prosecutor and State Defense Attorney and is currently dedicated to fighting DUI criminal charges. Call 720-613-8783 today.