6 Important DUI Laws in Colorado That Every Driver Should Know

  • Robert Biondino,
  •   DUI
  •   None

If you’re operating a motor vehicle and you’re pulled over for DUI in Colorado, here are a few of the most pertinent state laws that will affect the outcome of your case:

    • Driving Under the Influence: In Colorado, DUI laws apply to anyone operating a passenger or commercial vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (and with a BAC level over .08%). Many American adults don’t realize this; while 79% see alcohol as a problem for drivers, only 29% say the same about marijuana and 28% say the same about antidepressants.

 

    • Driving While Ability is Impaired: This law places more restrictions on driving after consuming alcohol. DWAI is defined as driving with a BAC level between .05% and .08%. The penalties are less severe than DUI in most cases, but this is highly dependent on surrounding factors and past DUI/DWAI convictions.

 

    • Express Consent Law: Every state has a version of this law and Colorado is no exception. When you are issued a driver’s license, you automatically consent to undergo a blood-alcohol test if you’re pulled over under the suspicion of driving while intoxicated. You can choose which test you’d prefer to take but refusing to take a chemical test results in stiff penalties. These penalties include an immediate revocation of your license and a suspension of your license for one year.

 

    • Zero Tolerance: This law is another common law across the country and it states that any individual under the legal drinking age (21) can face an automatic revocation of their driver’s license even if their BAC level is below the legal limit of .08%. In Colorado, the Zero Tolerance law applies for drivers with a BAC between .02% and .08%.

 

    • Buy and Possess: Any drivers under the age of 21 are not allowed to operate a vehicle while there is alcohol inside the car, even if the driver has not been drinking.

 

  • Lookback: Some states have “lookback periods,” but Colorado does not. If you’ve been convicted of a DUI/DWAI in the past, the court can use this information to pursue a tougher punishment, no matter how long ago the conviction happened. With these cases it’s especially important to have DUI representation from an experienced DUI defense lawyer.

While it’s never a good idea to get behind the wheel after drinking, it’s important to have good DUI representation from DUI lawyers to help you if you are facing a DUI charge.

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