By Hampton & Pigott
Posted on 8-6-2021
Driving is a huge responsibility. That’s why driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is such a serious offense, and the state of Colorado treats it as such. In Colorado, even first- time offenders face serious consequences.
You may not know this, but once you’re arrested for a DUI or DUID, you have seven days to request a DMV hearing or else the DMV will revoke your license whether you’re found guilty or not. First time offenders can expect to have their license revoked for up to nine months. This can prove to be a serious hardship for many. Getting to and from work takes more planning and time and picking children up from school or other activities can prove near impossible. The time that your license is suspended may be shortened, however, if you agree to have an ignition interlock installed in your car and you are able to complete other requirements.
On top of the added expenses of taking ride shares or public transportation, you will also be expected to pay court costs for your conviction. These can range anywhere from $600-$1000. You will literally have to pay for your crime.
There’s also the threat of jail time. First time offenders in Colorado may be ordered to spend anywhere from five days to one year in jail. But the court will likely outline conditions in which you may not have to face jail time. Such as if you enroll and complete a drug and alcohol education program.
As a first-time offender, you will also have a public service requirement. This can include up to 96 hours of community service. Which just adds onto the time and money you are already faced with.
In addition to all the consequences we already listed, a DUI conviction can impact your personal life. It can affect your reputation, your personal relationships, it can cause issues at your place of work, or it can hinder you from getting a new job.
The easiest way to avoid facing these consequences is to not drink or use drugs and drive. But since drugs and alcohol lower your inhibitions and make it easy to make bad decisions, you may have thought you were cool to drive. If you’re facing DUI charges, time is critical. Call Hampton & Pigott. Chris Ponce is ready to help you in your time of need.