If you are a repeat DUI offender, you could face felony charges under Colorado’s new law. Specifically, if it is your fourth offense, you could be convicted of a Class 4 felony. This can result in up to six years in prison, up to $500,000 in fines and a felony conviction on your criminal record.
As a convicted felon, however, you face more penalties than jail time and fines. With a felony conviction in Colorado, you could also lose:
- Your right to vote — While serving your sentence, you will lose your right to vote in an election. However, your right to vote will automatically be restored after you have served your sentence and completed any parole requirements. You will not receive a notice that your right is restored; you can simply register to vote and affirm your right to vote on your registration card.
- Your gun rights — Felony offenders are not allowed to possess firearms under federal and state law. Even if you are an avid hunter, you could lose the right to possess a rifle or other type of firearm if you are convicted of felony DUI.
- Job and educational opportunities — Whenever you complete an application for a job, you will need to declare that you are a convicted felon. Many jobs require background checks, and your conviction may keep you from getting an interview or an offer. Likewise, many educational programs such as colleges and grad programs require you to declare if you have been convicted of a crime.
These are just three of the ways a felony DUI conviction can affect your rights. When you are facing these types of consequences, it is essential to have an experienced lawyer by your side. A lawyer can help you fight the charges you face and provide you with guidance at every step of the process.
Source: Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 42-4-1301 (West)