As anyone who has faced DUI charges knows, the criminal justice process can be complicated and intimidating. Cases become even more complex because DUI laws in Colorado can change, be struck down, or be updated. All actions by the court and the prosecutors must fall within the limitations of the law. For example, in Colorado, the consequences sentenced for a DUI by the court must be in line with maximum sentencing guidelines as set out by Colorado statutes. The maximum penalties for a first-time DUI without a particularly high blood alcohol reading are as follows:
- One year in jail
- Fine up to $1,000
- Suspension of your driver’s license for up to nine months
These penalties increase significantly if you have prior DUI convictions on your record or if you had a high blood alcohol content (BAC).
The law can change, however, and the allowed charges and penalties for DUI cases can change, as well. For example, lawmakers in Colorado have been trying to pass a new law allowing felony charges for offenders with multiple DUI offenses. You always want an attorney on your side who stays on top of new developments in DUI law and can correctly apply the current laws to your case.
Other states have tried to pass an extreme measure that would prohibit DUI offenders from purchasing alcohol within the state. State legislators in Oklahoma, Tennessee, and New Mexico have proposed a new provision that would limit the abilities of certain DUI offenders to purchase alcohol in stores, bars, or other establishments. The Oklahoma proposal would limit alcohol purchases for all DUI offenders for a set amount of time. The New Mexico law would apply the alcohol purchase ban to anyone who has an ignition interlock device due to a past DUI conviction. The Tennessee statute would only limit sales of alcohol to individuals who have multiple past offenses. Alaska already has a similar law in place.
With the trend in Colorado lawmaking headed toward stricter penalties for DUI offenders, it may only be a matter of time before judges are allowed to limit your ability to buy alcohol. In such a situation, you would have to obtain a new, different state identification that notes that you are alcohol restricted. Having such a license can lead to embarrassing and adverse consequences if you have to show your identification for a reason other than alcohol purchases. In short, showing your ID would effectively notify anyone that you have received a DUI in your past. As you can imagine, this can cause difficulties with current or prospective employers or can damage your reputation.
Contact an experienced DUI defense attorney in Denver for a free consultation
Attorney Jay Tiftickjian always stays on top of all relevant DUI laws in Colorado and will use the laws to your advantage whenever possible in your DUI case. At the Tiftickjian Law Firm, we always strive for the best possible outcome in every DUI case, so please call our office at 303-DUI-5280 to discuss your case today.