Over Halloween weekend, law enforcement officers in Colorado arrested nearly 400 people for driving under the influence. These people were identified during a scheduled DUI enforcement period -- something the state is known to do around any holiday. This year showed a 15 percent increase in DUI-related arrests around Halloween compared to the previous year.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious offense in Colorado. There is no easy way around fighting such a charge, especially if one is accused of an aggravated DUI. What is an aggravated DUI and what are the penalties?
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?
After a new law becomes effective this month, every DUI conviction will have a $24 surcharge added. This will contribute to the gathering of information to produce the report on different types of DUI cases that are recorded in Colorado. Authorities say having a breakdown showing the numbers of alcohol, marijuana and other drug-related DUI offenses is important.
Law enforcement officers in Colorado and elsewhere go through specific training in order to perform sobriety testing on those who are accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. One test that is used in drunk driving cases is the breath test. What is this and how does it work?
DUI suspects in Colorado and elsewhere can occasionally be disruptive and uncooperative. The lessening of inhibitions can carry through to interfere with the orderly apprehension and processing of a highly inebriated person. Often DUI suspects who act up are suffering intensified emotional disturbances in addition to inebriation.
Facing accusations for driving under the influence of alcohol is stressful and even intimidating. When a car accident is involved, the situation can quickly become more challenging to overcome. A conviction of this nature can be detrimental to one's future, often including time behind bars. A man was recently arrested and accused of drunk driving after allegedly rear-ending a police cruiser in Colorado.
Driving under the influence in Colorado is a serious criminal charge that can take away a person's rights and result in a prison sentence in some cases. One who is convicted of DUI charges may have a relatively easy experience in the punishment phase if it is a first offense and if no personal injury or property damage has occurred. Sometimes, however, the accused increases the crisis by engaging in actions after being stopped or apprehended that bring additional charges and may exacerbate the seriousness of the incident.
Colorado did not have a felony penalty for driving drunk until the legislature passed a law in 2015. Under the law, anyone who is arrested for DUI who already has three or more convictions for that offense on their record will face a felony DUI charge and the possibility of a significant prison sentence. The severity of those prior offenses are generally evaluated at sentencing to determine the severity of the punishment.
A conviction of four or more DUI offenses in Colorado makes the offense a felony. Recently, a man was convicted of felony DUI in Arapahoe County and sentenced to a 12-year prison term plus 3 ½ years on lesser offenses. The defendant also had a conviction on his record for vehicular homicide from a crash that occurred in 1995. The current charge was from an arrest by Aurora police in October 2015.