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Have you been arrested for DUI? Speak to one of our Colorado Springs DUI lawyers now. An attorney can help you with your legal matter and potentially help you avoid criminal charges and jail time.

Driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while ability impaired (DWAI) is a serious criminal offense that can result in jail time, loss of driving privileges, and a conviction on your record that limits future employment — and puts your current job or career in jeopardy.

A DUI conviction can be a life-changing event.

It’s understandable to be afraid of going to jail. It’s also common to just want to “get it over with” and accept whatever plea bargain the D.A. throws your way.

It’s normal to feel fear and embarrassment after being charged for a DUI, especially if this is your first DUI offense. No one wants to deal with the uncertainty of facing criminal charges.

A DUI case can derail your life and plans, but let any former prosecutor tell you: accepting a deal from the district attorney without first consulting an experienced criminal defense attorney is one of the biggest mistakes you can make.

If you have been arrested for a DUI charge or first-time DUI, call or text now for a free consultation.

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Facing DUI Charges in Colorado Springs?

You should contact a Colorado Springs DUI lawyer immediately if you have been arrested or charged with DUI.  Call our law office today and a criminal defense lawyer will help you with a free case evaluation. This is where we will review your criminal charges to determine the best strategy to resolve your legal matter. You are welcome to visit either one of our two locations. Free consultations can also be done virtual or over the phone. Call now or schedule a free consultation here.

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The cost of DUI can be expensive. If you are convicted of DUI in Colorado Springs the potential penalties can include loss of insurance coverage, higher insurance premiums, the loss of a job or career, and a harder time getting a job in the future.

A DUI offense in Colorado Springs can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. There are also “aggravating circumstances” — elements of the crime that require stiffer penalties or longer jail time — if found guilty. If you are facing a felony DUI or additional charges, the penalties will likely be greater.

Some examples of aggravating circumstances include:

  • Did you refuse the breath test?
  • Was your blood alcohol level (BAC) over .15%?
  • Did you injure another person?
  • Was a child under the age of 14 years old in the vehicle?

If any of these aggravating circumstances existed at the time of arrest, Colorado state law requires that an interlock ignition device be installed in any vehicle being operated by the offender — even if this is your first DUI!

If your job requires you to drive or you hold a commercial license, a DUI conviction can severely affect your source of income and your family. A DUI case often results in license suspension or being required to use an ignition interlock device to operate a motor vehicle.

Your DUI record can also harm your job and future earning prospects. Ignoring the situation will not make it better. It will often make it worse. You only have a limited amount of time to request a DMV hearing to stop the automatic suspension of your driver’s license.

There are also times when you can get a DUI and not even realize you did anything wrong. For example, some people do not realize that you can be charged with DUI for driving after taking prescribed medication or that you can get a DUI when you are just sitting in your car without driving. But a DUI does not have to be the end of your world. At Right Law Group, we understand that people sometimes make mistakes and we are here to help. Our experienced Colorado Springs DUI lawyers have defended numerous clients following drunk driving arrests. We can analyze your circumstances and prepare a proper defense. We know the Colorado laws as well as the judges and prosecutors and will strive to get your most favorable outcome.

We understand that mistakes happen. When they do, you need an experienced Colorado Springs DUI lawyer to defend you. We can analyze your circumstances and prepare a proper defense. We know the Colorado DUI laws as well as the judges and prosecutors and will strive to get your most favorable outcome.

If you are unsure of what steps to take, contact Right Law Group today for a free case evaluation. You may be able to keep your license. Call us now to get help. An experienced Colorado Springs DUI lawyer can help get you through this. Contact us today for a FREE consultation.

Colorado criminal procedure

  • Arrest or
    Summons
    01

    Arrest or
    Summons

    The process begins with either an arrest or a summons. The accused is either arrested or served with paperwork summoning them to appear in court. During an arrest, Miranda rights may or may not be read to you. Officers are only required to recite your rights if they intend to question you about potentially incriminating things.

  • Bond Hearing
    02

    Bond Hearing

    In most cases, you're entitled to have a reasonable bond set after you've been arrested. In situations involving domestic violence, the police will request input from the victim before setting a bond. Bonds are set to ensure that a person appears in court at their court dates. If they don’t show up, they forfeit the money that was paid for the bond.

  • Advisement of
    Charges
    03

    Advisement of
    Charges

    Whether you are arrested or given a summons to appear, the court must make sure you understand what crimes you are being accused of committing. This is called advisement of charges. The District Attorney will detail the specific charges against you, and the Judge has to make sure you understand what possible penalties are associated with that charge in the state.

  • Preliminary Hearing
    (for Higher Felony
    Charges)
    04

    Preliminary Hearing
    (for Higher Felony
    Charges)

    A preliminary hearing is a way for your defense attorney to challenge the District Attorney’s right to bring charges against you by making them prove that there is reason to believe you committed a crime. The Judge is not deciding your guilt or innocence, but rather whether or not there is probable cause to charge you with the crime in question.

  • Pretrial Conference /
    Disposition
    Hearing
    05

    Pretrial Conference /
    Disposition
    Hearing

    This court date comes after your attorney has reviewed all of the reports and evidence in your case. Here’s where your attorney will engage in plea negotiations with the DA. If they can reach an agreement on the case, you may be able to take a plea bargain. If they cannot reach a resolution, your case will be set for an arraignment or trial date.

  • Arraignment
    06

    Arraignment

    An arraignment is the final date for you to decide how you choose to plea. Guilty or not guilty. If you plead guilty, then the case is set for a sentencing date. If you plead not guilty, you and your attorney will then set the case for trial.

  • Motions Hearing
    07

    Motions Hearing

    A motion hearing is when an attorney makes a request that requires a decision from the judge. For example, motions to suppress evidence or statements. These motions can limit the information that goes before a jury if it benefits your case, and there are legal grounds for doing so.

  • Pretrial Readiness
    Conference
    08

    Pretrial Readiness
    Conference

    A pretrial readiness conference is held at some point before trial. It usually is held about a week to a month before the date trial is set to begin. This court date ensures everyone is ready to go to trial on the set date. It is also a time for lawyers to bring up any issues they may have to be addressed before the day of trial.

  • Jury Trial
    09

    Jury Trial

    After a jury is selected for trial, the District Attorney’s responsibility is to present the case to the jury. The DA must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of the crime. Otherwise, the jury must find you innocent. Your attorney will be able to cross-examine all of the witnesses, present evidence, and ultimately help you navigate this process.

  • Sentencing
    Date
    10

    Sentencing
    Date

    At sentencing, the Judge must decide the appropriate legal penalty for the crime you plead guilty. The Judge’s decision is based on the listed penalties for the specific charge, recommendations from the presentence investigation, your criminal history, as well as statements made at the sentencing by the District Attorney, your attorney, you, and any named victims of the crime.

What is the sentence for misdemeanors in Colorado?

  • Class 1

  • 6 to 18 months in county jail, and/or
  • $500 to $5,000 in fines
  • For extraordinary risk class 1 misdemeanors, the maximum jail sentence is 24 months.
  • For 3rd-degree assault (CRS 18-3-204), the maximum sentence can be 48 months if the victim was on duty as a:
    • Peace officer,
    • Emergency medical provider,
    • Firefighter, or
    • Mental health professional at the Department of Human Services.
  • Class 2

  • 3 to 12 months in county jail, and/or
  • $250 to $1,000 in fines
  • Class 3

  • Up to 6 months of county jail, and/or
  • $50 to $750 in fines2

What are Colorado felony penalties?

  • Class 1

  • Life imprisonment
  • No Colorado crime carries the death penalty.
  • Class 2

  • 8 – 24 years in Colorado State Prison, and/or
  • $5,000 – $1,000,000
  • 5 years of mandatory parole if the offense is a crime of violence. Otherwise, 3 years of mandatory parole.
  • Class 3

  • 4 – 12 years in prison, and/or
  • $3,000 – $750,000
  • 3 years of mandatory parole
  • For extraordinary risk class 3 felonies, the maximum sentence is 16 years in prison.
  • Class 4

  • 2 – 6 years in prison, and/or
  • $2,000 – $500,000
  • 3 years of mandatory parole
  • For extraordinary risk class 4 felonies, the maximum sentence is 8 years in prison.
  • Class 5

  • 1 – 3 years in prison, and/or
  • $1,000 – $100,000
  • 2 years of mandatory parole
  • For extraordinary risk class 5 felonies, the maximum sentence is 4 years in prison.
  • Class 6

  • 1 – 18 months years in prison, and/or
  • $1,000 – $100,000
  • 1 year of mandatory parole
  • For extraordinary risk class 6 felonies, the maximum sentence is 2 years in prison.

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What is the punishment for a DUI in Colorado?

The punishment for a DUI in Colorado will depend on a few factors. The main two factors being the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of the driver, and whether this was their first DUI conviction or if they had any previous ones. For a first-time DUI, depending on their BAC, a driver can face jail time up to one year, the revocation of their license for 9 months, community service, and alcohol classes. These penalties will be even steeper with consecutive DUIs.

What is legally drunk in Colorado?

Colorado’s legal limit is a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .08. Anyone operating a vehicle with a BAC of .08 or higher will be charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

Is a DUI a felony or misdemeanor in Colorado?

In Colorado, a DUI is most often considered a misdemeanor. However, if the DUI in question causes the severe injury or death of anyone, or if it is the driver’s 4th or more DUI (in any amount of time), the charges will most likely be elevated to a felony.

How long is your license suspended for a DUI in Colorado?

The period of license revocation for a DUI in Colorado depends on the particular circumstances. For first a first DUI in Colorado, the minimum license revocation period is 9 months (which could be increased for extenuating circumstances). This period will also be longer for any subsequent DUI convictions the driver faces.

Is Colorado a zero-tolerance state?

Yes, Colorado is considered a zero-tolerance state. This means that for drivers under the age of 21, it is unlawful for them to drive with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .02 – .05. A first-time offense within this range is considered an infraction rather than a misdemeanor. Any BAC over a .05 would be charged as usual.

Will I get jail time for first DUI?

There is no mandatory jail time for a first DUI unless the driver’s BAC was above .200. However, depending on the BAC, and other factors (such as serious injury or death) there is the possibility of jail time from 5 days all the way up to 2 years.

How long does a DUI stay on your record in Colorado?

A DUI conviction in Colorado will stay on someone’s criminal record (and thus show up on any background checks performed) for 10 years after the conviction.

How many points is a DUI in Colorado Springs?

In the state of Colorado, a DUI will result in 12 points to your license.

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Our team of Colorado Springs DUI lawyers has defended clients against all types of charges and can provide you with the staunch advocacy you need. Right Law Group is committed to diligently defending your legal concerns.

A DUI charge — no matter what it is — is serious. You want an experienced Colorado Springs dui law attorney who can offer the legal support you need. We are happy to provide an initial legal consultation at our Colorado Springs office. Contact us today for a FREE consultation.