Being charged and convicted for driving under the influence of alcohol can take a pretty significant toll on a person’s life. The consequences may include jail time, fines or rehabilitation — among a number of others. What happens if you have multiple DUI offenses on your record? How does the state of Colorado treat repeat DUI charges and is there anyway to fight them?
In Colorado, driving under the influence is considered a serious offense. It puts your life in danger and it puts the lives of all those with whom you share the road at risk. When it comes to driving while intoxicated, the state does not care if, ultimately, you did not harm anyone; it is that you allegedly took the risk and could have caused a serious, possibly fatal, accident.
First time DUI offenders who have not caused accidents or harmed anyone may have the chance to avoid incarceration by taking part in a rehabilitation program instead. This is not something that may be available to repeat DUI offenders. In fact, the potential consequences for repeat offenses greatly increase in severity and include prison time, loss of driving privileges and hefty fines — among others.
Fighting repeat DUI offenses is not an easy task. Prosecuting attorneys in Colorado will be sure to share your history with the court. With the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney, you can keep the case focused on the current charge at hand, which may help you achieve a case dismissal or a reduction in charges. To learn more about repeat DUI offenses and how an attorney may be able to assist you, please visit our firm’s website.