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Man sentenced for 9th DUI conviction

A man in Colorado will spend six years behind bars after his recent drunk driving conviction. The DUI charge resulted in the man's ninth conviction. He entered a guilty plea for felony DUI after police caught him operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .182 last October.

At the time of his arrest, the man was on probation for a separate conviction for DUI. He is reported to have nine DWAI or DUI convictions in Colorado, as well as a minimum of three of these types of convictions in other parts of the country. In Colorado, a DUI is considered a felony if an individual has a minimum of three previous convictions.

As part of his sentence, the man must pay a fine of $2,000. He will also serve a total of three years of parole following the completion of his prison sentence. The sentence he was given was the maximum one possible under the existing law in Colorado.

People who are accused of DUI in Colorado have the right to go to trial to fight the charge, as they are presumed innocent until and unless they are proved guilty in court. However, rather than going to trial, they might decide to seek to strike a plea deal with the prosecution. A plea agreement may offer the advantage of leading to a lesser charge and thus a lighter sentence than what would be handed down following a finding of guilt at trial. In both situations, criminal defense counsel will fight to safeguard the client's legal rights during all stages of the proceedings.

Source: thedenverchannel.com, "Thornton man's 6-year sentence for 9th DUI/DWAI renews calls for stronger laws in Colorado", Blair Miller, Jan. 27, 2017

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