Effects of a First DUI Conviction
Although DUIs are fairly common, the penalties for even the first DUI can be severe. Someone who is convicted of a DUI – even just one – can face jail time of up to 1 year and fines of up to $1,000. Typically, recipients of one DUI will not be required to have an ignition interlock device in their car, which is essentially a breathalyzer that confirms that you are sober before you can operate your car. A conviction can also result in mandatory rehabilitation programs or community service hours. The effects of any of these DUI charges can also be significantly increased if there was property damage or injuries to individuals as the result of intoxicated driving, and a judge may also require that you attend victim impact sessions.
Effects of a Second and Third DUI Conviction
If you receive a second DUI, you may be hit with another year of jail time as well as a $1,500 fine. Instead of 9 months, your license can be suspended for a full year, and you may be forced to get an ignition interlock device (or IID). The jail time and monetary penalties for your third DUI are the same as for the second one, but your license can be suspended for 2 years. An IID can also be required. If you simply refuse to take a breathalyzer test after you are pulled over, your license can be revoked for one year for every separate instance that you refuse.
Effects of a Fourth DUI Conviction
Under a recent Colorado law that will take effect on August 5th, a fourth DUI will now be considered a felony offense. Even with this law, judges still have considerable discretion in what sentence they hand down, so an experienced lawyer can greatly influence the result of a DUI conviction.
Effects of a DUI on Your Career
A DUI conviction on your record can have devastating consequences if you are looking for work, especially if somebody was injured as a result of the intoxication. Additionally, receiving a DUI can affect your career prospects at your current position, particularly if you are required to take time off of work in order to serve out a jail sentence. Since many jobs in Colorado require you to be able to drive – either at work or just in order to get there in the first place – a DUI that results in a license suspension can impair your ability to work at even your current job.
Personal Effects of a DUI
Being accused or convicted of a DUI can obviously be extremely stressful both emotionally and personally. A DUI charge can cause marital and familial strife while also potentially starting rumors and damaging your reputation in your community. If people were injured as a result of the intoxication, the guilt can also be overwhelming.
Although the emotional and other personal effects of a DUI will often require time in order to fade, a good, experienced lawyer is a must for reducing the legal and professional impact of a DUI claim. In many instances, police fail to follow procedure, so evidence or the entire case must be dismissed – or the charges can be reduced to a much less serious conviction. In other instances where there are no valid defenses, an experienced DUI lawyer like the attorneys at Tiftickjian Law Firm may still be able to get jail time reduced or eliminated and keep your license from being suspended so that your career is not ruined. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our Colorado DUI attorneys, call the Tiftickjian Law Firm today at (303) DUI-5280.