The penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) vary depending on whether you're charged with a first, second, or third offense. For example, if you get convicted three times in in a lifetime in the US, you could face serious consequences on the third conviction in Colorado, including jail time.
If you are convicted of a DUI, you will likely receive a fine, community service, and/or probation. However, there are some exceptions. For instance, if you were driving while intoxicated and caused an accident resulting in death or injury, you could also face additional charges such as vehicular manslaughter. In addition, if you are convicted of four or more DUIs within a lifetime, you could be sentenced to prison.
There are many different factors when you're charged with a DUI. When you're arrested for a DUI, you are found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while operating a vehicle. If you refuse to submit to a breath test after being stopped by police, a jury can be told you refused, but that does not mean you were impaired. When you were arrested, you may have taken field sobriety tests.
In addition to these factors of an arrest, there is also a another one. They can charge you with a DUI even though you were not driving at the time of your arrest. This is called 'being in physical control of a motor vehicle.' This is a jury issue.
If you are arrested for a DUI, you should immediately contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney can help you avoid jail time and fines by challenging the evidence against you. The jury would have to be convinced to acquit you.
In addition to avoiding jail time, hiring an attorney can also help you avoid other penalties such as license suspension or revocation. These penalties can make it difficult to find employment and maintain a good driving record.
Colorado DUI Penalties