DUI Penalties for Drivers In Colorado

With the addition of the recent felony DUI law to the books, Colorado now has some of the harshest penalties for people convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) and other related offenses. When facing these penalties, it is important to have knowledgeable, responsive, dedicated legal representation.

At Boal Law Firm, PC, in Colorado Springs, you will work directly with lawyer Brian B. Boal as he helps you navigate the complex and often intimidating criminal justice system. As an attorney who believes in providing personal service tailored to each client's specific goals and needs, Brian will be working and communicating with you throughout the entire process, and put his considerable experience to work for you to help you achieve the best possible result in your case.

Serious Penalties Are On the Table

In Colorado, there is still the charge of "driving while ability impaired (DWAI)," which does not require the offender to have a blood-alcohol content of .08 or greater. DWAI is driving while impaired to the slightest degree by alcohol or drugs or both. Even though the requirements for conviction are lower, judges may hand down sentences similar to those for DUI conviction, including jail and thousands of dollars in fines and court costs.

A second DUI conviction carries much harsher penalties. There is a mandatory jail sentence and a longer mandatory DMV license suspension, along with the requirement that DUI drivers pay for and use an interlock breath device to start their vehicle when their driving privileges are eventually restored. The penalties are generally more severe for each subsequent offense.

Now, in Colorado a fourth-offense DUI can be prosecuted as a felony, and a conviction could mean up to six years in prison. Those prior offenses can also include DWAI convictions.

This is why it is so important that you take your defense seriously from the moment you are charged. Pleading guilty to simply "move on" with your life often has lasting, adverse effects and leads to more serious consequences in the future; consequences that are very often avoidable with the right representation to begin with. Attorney Brian Boal can help you discuss all of your rights and options, and help you figure out the best way to proceed.

Schedule Your Free Consultation with Attorney Brian B. Boal Today

Serious charges require experienced and aggressive representation from an attorney like Brian B. Boal. Contact Boal Law Firm, PC, in Colorado Springs immediately by email or by calling at 719-602-2262.