Many people live with a tendency to drink more than they should without ever being confronted with it as a problem. Alcohol should always be used in moderation, and it should never be a way to deal with negative emotions, whether that’s stress, shame or depression. When alcohol is used as a coping mechanism, it can easily get out of control, and you may find that you are drinking in the daytime, on your own, at work or before operating a vehicle.
If your drinking has worsened recently, and you are operating a vehicle after a drink or two, you should be aware that in doing so you are putting yourself and others at risk. You may in some way justify this drinking and driving until you are forced to face the consequences of your actions. The following is an overview of how a DUI could be the wake-up call you need.
A DUI has serious consequences
Being charged with a DUI has very serious consequences, even if you are a first-time offender. There are mandatory minimum penalties in place in Colorado: you will have your license suspended for nine months, you’ll have to pay a large fine, and you’ll need to go through mandatory alcohol education, assessment and treatment. Dealing with these consequences will undoubtedly make you realize the seriousness of your actions and force you to question your choices.
Alternative programs could get you the help you need
As a first-time offender, you will likely have the possibility to go through an alcohol rehabilitation program. While things may not make sense at such a difficult point in your life, going through rehabilitation could help you to get the clarity you need to work toward a sober life.
If you have recently been arrested for a DUI in Colorado, make sure that you take action to understand your options.