DUI Penalties Significantly Increase with Each Subsequent Offense


Colorado has extremely punitive DUI laws, authorizing a variety of potential consequences, including probation, mandatory counseling, the installation of an ignition interlock device, and even jail time. In many cases, having an attorney represent you can help obtain a more favorable outcome to your DUI case than if you chose to represent yourself. The lawyers of the Tiftickjian Law Firm are skilled criminal defense lawyers who understand how to work with prosecutors in order to secure the best possible outcome for each client we represent. In the event that your case goes to trial, we zealously advocate for our clients and use every tool at our disposal to demonstrate their innocence.

DUI Penalties Quickly Escalate with Each Subsequent Offense

Under Colorado law, driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 can result in a DUI case. In addition, there is a less serious violation, Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI), that is triggered by driving with a BAC of between 0.05 and 0.08. The penalties associated with these violations are as follows:

1st offense – Up to one year in jail for a DUI and 180 days for a DWAI. In addition, fines of up to $1,000 for a DUI and $500 for a DWAI may be imposed. There is a mandatory license suspension of one year associated with a DUI conviction.

2nd offense – For a second DUI or DWAI offense, an offender can be sentenced to up to one year in jail. A second offense requires that the offender spend at least 10 days in jail. Additionally, fines of up to $1,500 may be imposed as well a one-year driver’s license suspension. In addition, a second offense may the installation of an ignition interlock device.

3rd offense – A third DUI or DWAI offense carries a mandatory minimum jail sentence of least 60 days. The sentence could be as long as one year, and also involves fines of between $600 and $1500. Additionally, a third offense may result in the installation of an ignition interlock device.

A Strong Defense is Extremely Important

The consequences associated with multiple DUIs have the potential to significantly disrupt your life and affect you financially. In addition, the presence of a DUI conviction on your criminal record can have collateral consequences that may affect you for years to come, both personally and professionally. As a result, it is important that anyone facing a DUI case in Colorado retain an attorney who understands how to defend allegations of drunk driving. There are number of potential defenses that can be raised, including the following:

  • Challenging the reason for the initial stop;
  • Challenging the results of any chemical testing that was performed;
  • Arguing that any field sobriety testing that was performed was improperly administered; and
  • Impeaching the credibility of the law enforcement officer that stopped you.

Of course, the specific defenses raised in your case will depend on the unique circumstances of your arrest and any subsequent investigation that occurred.

Contact a Denver DUI Defense Lawyer Today

Anyone facing a DUI case in Denver or the surrounding areas should be certain to retain legal counsel as soon as possible. Call the Tiftickjian Law firm today at (303) DUI-5280 to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

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