Colorado DUI Law Penalties and General Information

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Denver DUI Law and PenaltiesDUI Colorado Law – Driving Under the Influence Statute

In Colorado, driving under the influence is a misdemeanor. The crime consists of driving a motor vehicle whiel impaired by alcohol or drugs where the alcohol or drugs have made the person substantially incapable, either mentally or physically, to exercise clear judgment, sufficient physical control, or due care in the safe operation of a vehicle.

Alternatively, DWAI in Colorado means driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs where the alcohol or drugs have made you less able than a person ordinarily would have been to the slightest degree to exercise clear judgment, sufficient physical control, or due care in the safe operation of a vehicle.

DUI Penalties for DUI in Colorado

A first time offender of DUI is subject to the possible penalties if found guilty:

• 5 days mandatory jail with a maximum of 1 year in jail (10 days minimum if Aggravated DUI)
• $600-$1000 fine
• 48-96 hours community service
• Up to 2 years Probation
• Alcohol Counseling

A first time offender, found guilty of DWAI is subject to the following penalties:

• 2 days mandatory jail with a maximum of ½ year in jail
• $200-$500 fine
• 24-48 hours community service
• Up to 2 years Probation
• Alcohol Counseling

The information in this post is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice or as the creation of an attorney-client relationship. For legal advice, please contact an Attorney.

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Nathaniel has worked in criminal law on both sides of the aisle spending time working for the prosecution as well as the defense. Most recently Nathaniel has represented individuals in violent felonies and drug cases. Prior to this work, Nathaniel handled DWIs, Domestic Violence Cases, Property Crimes, and White Collar Crimes. On the prosecutorial side, Nathaniel has most notably worked in Bosnia helping to prosecute individuals who committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Bosnian War from 1993-1995. In particular, Nathaniel helped in the prosecution of military leaders who arranged for the organized murders and rapes of innocent civilians in various towns in Bosnia. Nathaniel is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Northwestern University, and Phillips Exeter Academy. Google Profile: Nathaniel Baca