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Understanding the impact of a first DUI in Colorado

On Behalf of | Jan 24, 2024 | DUI/DWI

A first DUI (Driving Under the Influence) offense in Colorado carries significant legal consequences. Individuals can face jail time ranging from five days to one year. This sentence can be longer if aggravating factors are present, such as a high blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or an accident.

Additionally, fines can range from $600 to $1,000, not including court costs and other related expenses. Those charged with a DUI must understand these potential penalties and consult a legal professional for guidance.

License suspension and points

Another immediate effect of a DUI conviction in Colorado is the suspension of the driver’s license. This suspension can last from 9 months to a year.

Additionally, 12 points will be added to the driver’s license, leading to increased insurance premiums and even difficulty finding insurance coverage. This loss of driving privileges can significantly impact a person’s daily life, affecting their ability to commute to work, attend school or fulfill other responsibilities.

Impact on employment and future opportunities

A DUI conviction can have long-lasting repercussions on employment and future opportunities. Some employers may terminate employment upon a DUI conviction, especially if driving is a critical part of the job.

Additionally, a DUI record can hinder future job prospects, as many employers conduct background checks. For professions that require licenses, such as law or medicine, a DUI can also impact the ability to obtain or retain a professional license.

A first DUI in Colorado is not just a minor infringement; it carries substantial legal, financial, professional and personal consequences. Understanding these impacts is crucial for anyone facing such charges and highlights the importance of help to fight any charges you may face.