What Are the Penalties for Drunk Driving in Colorado?
Legal Guidance from a Denver DUI Lawyer
It is unlawful to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs in all fifty states, but the specific penalties associated with DUI vary from state to state. In Colorado, the term "DUI" can refer to two offenses:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Driving under the influence of another controlled substance (drugs)
What is "DWAI?"
DWAI is like drunk driving, but the blood-alcohol content (BAC) threshold is .05% instead of .08%. The penalties associated with this offense are usually less severe than a traditional drunk driving conviction. If you are less than 21 years old, you can face DWAI or DUI charges for driving with a BAC of .02%. Click here to learn more about DWAI and DUI defense and the difference between these charges.
DUI Penalties in Colorado:
DWAI Penalties in Colorado:
Prior DWAI & DUI Offenses
If you were arrested for DWAI and have a previous DUI conviction, you could face stricter penalties, including a $1,200 fine and up to 104 hours of public service. If you were arrested for DUI with a previous DWAI conviction, you will face up to one year in jail, a $1,500 fine, and 112 hours of public service.