The court-imposed penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol in Colorado can be serious and can affect your freedom, finances, and reputation. A first DUI conviction in our state can come with the following penal and administrative consequences:
• Five days to one year in jail;
• $600 – $1,000 fine;
• Driver’s license suspension for nine months; and
• Two years of probation.
In addition to court-ordered sanctions, a DUI arrest can have a serious effect on your professional success. A DUI defense attorney can help guide you through the criminal justice process in order to minimize the consequences you face as much as possible.
Potential Professional Consequences
First, any job that requires driving may easily be jeopardized by a DUI. DUI convictions often mean you lose your driver’s license for a period of time. Even if you are allowed to hold a restricted license for school and work, the Colorado Department of Revenue may require you to have an ignition interlock device on any vehicle you drive. If this is not possible on a work vehicle, you will not be allowed to lawfully drive that vehicle. Even after you receive your unrestricted driving privileges back, some jobs may require you to have a clean driving record. A DUI conviction on your record will disqualify for such positions.
DUI convictions are particularly serious for professional commercial drivers. Commercial vehicles can be very dangerous when involved in accidents, so commercial drivers are held to a higher standard than regular drivers. Commercial drivers may be charged with DUI if they had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.04 percent, as opposed to the regular legal limit of 0.08 percent. If a commercial driver loses their license, they will not be able to work in their chosen profession for a considerable period of time and may be subject to additional consequences by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) or by their employer.
In additional to the loss of your driver’s license, a DUI may affect certain professional licenses, as well. Certain professionals who may temporarily or permanently lose their licenses due to criminal charges such as DUI include:
• Accountants; and
• Investment brokers.
Without a license, you will not be able to practice in that profession. Losing your primary source of income can be particularly devastating because of the other costs associated with DUI convictions. Such costs may include fines, court fees, probation fees, ignition interlock device costs, and more. These costs become even harder to cover if your income stream has been interrupted.
If you have been arrested for DUI, your professional reputation and future job prospects may be on the line. The last thing you want is for your ability to earn a living to be jeopardized, so you should always seek representation from a highly experienced DUI defense attorney. The skilled defense team at the Tiftickjian Law Firm, P.C. in Denver, Colorado strives to get your DUI case dismissed or minimize the consequences you face as much as possible. Call our office today to discuss your case.