Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other legislators are lobbying hard for House Bill 14-1036, which would make a felony DUI law in Colorado. Now, Colorado is just one of 4 states that does not have a felony DUI law already in place. Their reasoning is a list of shocking Colorado DUI statistics, including:
- Drunk driving fatalities in 2012 represented 28% of all total traffic deaths
- There were 25,385 DUI arrests in 2012
- 7,309 individuals refused to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test in 2012
- $704 million in taxpayer subsidy of drunk driving fatalities in 2012 alone
- 32.8% of underage Colorado teens have used alcohol in the past month
If HB 14-1036 passes, it would increase the penalties for certain alcohol related driving offenses. According to the language of the bill, a DUI, DUI per se, or DWAI would be a class 4 felony if the offense occurred within 7 years of the first of two prior convictions or if the violation occurred after 3 prior convictions for DUI, vehicular homicide, or vehicular assault.
Individuals who are convicted of a Felony Class 4 DUI will be subjected to 2-6 years imprisonment, and a fine of up to $500,000.
Just last year, Colorado toughened their DUI laws when HB 13-1240 passed and went into effect on January 1, 2014. This law addressed the administrative penalties associated with repeat DUI offenders. It is clear with these two house bills, that Colorado wishes to toughen their stance on repeat DUI offenders. It is estimated that 1/3 f the drunk driving arrests, crashes, and deaths come at the hands of repeat offenders. Even when their license is taken away, 75% of them continue to drive anyway.
Closing on DUI?
With the tougher Colorado DUI laws, it has never been more important to obtain a Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer. If you are arrested for your first or second DUI, it is critical that you obtain a lawyer and fight these serious charges. Innocent men and women are arrested for DUI every year and charged with drunk driving—even when they haven’t been drinking. There are numerous ways to beat these serious charges—even when a breathalyzer reading was positive.
Colorado Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are facing criminal charges in Colorado Springs, Briargate, Black Forest, Fountain Valley, or anywhere in the State of Colorado, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side. Sarah Christensen has the experience and resources to fight for your freedom and protect your future. Call (719) 634-7770 today to begin building a solid defense against these serious charges.