According to statistics from the Colorado Department of Transportation, state patrol cited 4,805 drivers for DUIs in 2020. Colorado law prohibits a person from driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Law enforcement agencies in Colorado consider driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance as a very serious offense. A defendant convicted of drunk driving could be facing devastating consequences, including lengthy jail time, massive fines, license suspension or revocation, and other administrative penalties.
When it comes to alcohol-related fatal car accidents, Boulder County ranks 13 out of 15 counties in Colorado, with a rate of 1.24 fatalities per 100,000 residents. Compare that to La Plata County, with its 30.28-per-100,000 fatality rate.
Between 2019 and 2020, the number of Colorado State Patrol arrests of drivers impaired by marijuana and alcohol increased by 90%. During the same time period, arrests for drivers impaired by cannabis and other substances increased by 17%.
A DUI conviction in Colorado is a serious matter. It can result in fines, incarceration, probation, mandatory alcohol abuse treatment, and having your driver’s license revoked. But what if there was a child in your vehicle at the time of the stop? Could you also be charged with child abuse?
Facing your first DUI (driving under the influence) or DWAI (driving while ability impaired) in Colorado, you may feel that the easiest option is just to let the legal chips fall where they may. Wrong. There are always legal challenges to be made that can potentially reduce the penalty or the charge, or even both.