If you live in the state of Colorado, regardless of the location, you are likely aware of the fact that you are not permitted by law to drink and drive. While you may be able to have one or two drinks and legally drive, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Some people, even though they are aware of the state laws, make the mistake of drinking and driving. This often leads to being arrested for drunk driving, and in some cases other offenses.
It is important to know how Colorado’s Express Consent Law works. In short, this means that any driver who has been pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence must consent to a chemical test.
There are many potential consequences of drinking and driving in Colorado, which is based largely on the blood alcohol level and whether or not it is the person’s first offense.
In some cases, the court will offer the chance to complete alcohol classes as part of a deferred sentence or plea bargain. Even if the court does not require these classes, the state will do so if the person wants to have his or her driver’s license reinstated.
There is no excuse for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, however, many people make a judgment error and end up on the wrong side of the law. If this happens, it is important to know as much as possible about Colorado state laws for drinking and driving, as well as what can be done to lessen your punishment.
Source: Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles, “Colorado Alcohol DUI” Aug. 28, 2014