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A DUI charge is a serious matter. Whether it is your first offense or your third offense, you need legal information and legal help and you need them fast. Here is your one-stop source for Colorado DUI lawyers, Colorado DUI laws, and what a Colorado DUI attorney can do for you.

Colorado DUI Glossary of Terms

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Colorado DUI Convictions:

Colorado BAC Per Se: 0.08 %

High BAC: 0.20%

BAC Zero Tolerance: 0.02 %

Commercial Drivers License Per Se BAC While Operating a Commercial Vehicle: 0.04%

Colorado DWAI: DWAI stands for Driving While Ability Impaired, a lesser-offense, where the driver’s blood alcohol level (BAC) is 0.05% or higher, but less than 0.08%.

Colorado Implied Consent Law/Test Refusal Consequences: Yes. Refusal to consent to an alcohol test may result in license revocation.

DUI Penalties

First DUI Offense:

Jail: 5 days to 1 year, but none mandatory.

Fine: $600-1000, plus costs.

License Suspension: 9 months.

Community Service: 48-96 hours.

First Offense (BAC >0.2%): Jail time of 90 days to 1 year, 10 days mandatory. Fine of $500-1500, plus costs. Community service of 60-120 hours. License suspension for up to 9 months and 12 points on your driver’s license.

Second DUI Offense:

Jail: A mandatory minimum of 10 days.

Fine: $1,000 to $1,500.

License Suspension: 1 year.

Ignition Interlock Device: An IID will be installed on your vehicle(s) at your expense.

Third DUI Offense:

Jail: 60 day minimum.

Fine: $900-$1,500.

License Suspension: 2 years.

Ignition Interlock Device: An IID will be installed on your vehicle(s) at your expense.

Prior DWAI: Jail time of 70 days to 1 year, 7 days mandatory. Fine of $450-1500, plus costs. Community service of 56-112 hours. Possible 1-year driver’s license revocation.

Prior DUI: Jail time of 90 days to 1 year, 10 days mandatory. Fine of $500-1500, plus costs. Community service of 60-120 hours. Possible 1-year driver’s license revocation.

DWAI Penalties

First DWAI Offense:

Jail: 2 days to 180 days, but none mandatory.

Fine: $100-500, plus costs.

License Revocation: None, but 8 point deduction on your drivers license.

Community Service: 24-48 hours.

First Offense (BAC >0.2%): Jail time of 90 days to 1 year, 10 days mandatory. Fine of $500-1500, plus costs. Community service of 60-120 hours. 8 points on your driver’s license.

Prior DWAI: Jail time of 45 days to 1 year, 5 days mandatory. Fine of $300-1000, plus costs. Community service of 48-96 hours. Possible 1-year driver’s license revocation.

Prior DUI: Jail time of 60 days to 1 year, 6 days mandatory. Fine of $400-1200, plus costs. Community service of 52-104 hours. Possible 1-year driver’s license revocation.

DUI convictions outside of Colorado count as prior offenses in determining punishments.