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If you're convicted of felony DUI, you'll serve time

With the passage of HB-17-1288, everyone convicted of felony DUI in Colorado will now have to go to jail. Governor John Hickenlooper signed the bill on June 6, 2017, and the law goes into effect on August 9, 2017. From that date forward, anyone who is convicted of a fourth or subsequent DUI will have to serve between 90 to 180 days in county jail with no time off for good behavior.

Mouthwash and false drunk driving accusations

Police are not perfect, and it's not uncommon for Colorado Springs residents to get pulled over and be accused of drunk driving when they've never had a drink of alcohol. In some cases, police have even been known to accuse a driver of being intoxicated after he or she did something as innocuous as swishing mouthwash.

Is it ever legally appropriate to drive drunk?

It is never safe to drive while inebriated by alcohol. Our reaction times and judgment abilities are severely diminished. People can't drive in a straight line when they're drunk and they might drive into oncoming traffic, or they might not react in time to avoid hitting another car. That said, there might be some times when a court will decide that someone had a good reason to drive drunk.

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Drunk driving is a crime that comes with severe punishments for those convicted of the offense. In El Paso County, police, prosecutors and the criminal court system do not take a drunk driving charge lightly. All drivers accused of being drunk behind the wheel with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of more than 0.08 percent will be prosecuted aggressively and to the full extent of the law.

What were the circumstances of your drunk driving arrest?

Let's say you were leaving a Colorado Springs party at about 1 a.m. You had a little bit to drink, but your best friend had even more to drink, so you decided to take a risk and drive her home. Even though you were not anywhere near as intoxicated as your friend, and even though you thought you were within the legal limit, your blood alcohol level was borderline.

When you move out of state, your driving record moves with you

It's hard to escape the law. That's because Colorado is a member of the Interstate Driver License Compact. The Compact enables member states to exchange information regarding driver's license suspensions and traffic violations of non-residents with their home states.

8 DWIs in at least 20 years of driving drunk

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the average drunk driver operates a motor vehicle while intoxicated over 80 times before he or she is arrested for the first time. In a story out of Greenley, Colorado, one man was just convicted of his eighth DWI. It isn't too far of a stretch to wonder how many times the man has driven drunk in the past 23 years since he was arrested the first time for driving drunk.

Could my mouthwash cause me to fail a drunk driving breath test?

Have you ever gargled some mouthwash just before jumping into your car on the way to work in the morning? You might not want to do that. Alcohol-based mouthwash products, like Listerine, can cause you to fail a Breathalyzer test for as long as 10 minutes after use. If you're a driver under the age of 21, the effect could last even longer since the blood alcohol content thresholds are even lower for an underage DWI.

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