Drinking and driving is never a good idea, but it is inevitable that people do get behind the wheel after having had too much to drink. In every state, federal law limits the blood alcohol content of a driver to 0.08. In Colorado, however, police can cite drivers for “driving while ability impaired” for having a BAC of .05 to .079.
If police stop you for a DUI in Colorado Springs, you will be facing numerous costs, both financial as well as legal. Here is some more information about the various impacts a DUI can have on your finances and your life and how to navigate the challenges in the aftermath of your arrest.
Colorado Springs and DUI offenses
Colorado Springs drivers who received DUIs in 2016 were shown to have a blood alcohol content of more than double the legal limit, at an average of .168. Authorities in Colorado have cracked down in recent years on drunk driving, and this has also resulted in a higher number of arrests. Colorado law imposes increasingly higher sanctions on drunk drivers following their first offense. Drivers classified as “persistent drunk drivers” must have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle and must attend weekly substance abuse education and treatment classes. This is one example of both a financial and a personal cost to drunk driving.
DUI risks and defense
For drivers facing a first DUI offense, however, there are still significant risks and costs, including possible jail time. Much depends on the specific circumstances of the traffic stop and arrest. If the police made a mistake before, during or after the traffic stop, it may be possible to avoid conviction. You need an experienced DUI attorney to help you assess the details of your case and build a strategic defense.
A DUI conviction in Colorado Springs can wreak havoc on your life and your future. The best first step is to consult with a qualified DUI lawyer to give you the best possible chance of a successful defense.