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.
Many people with diabetes experience a condition known as hypoglycemia. This occurs when a person skips a meal, exercises too much or takes an excessive amount of insulin. Some of the symptoms of hypoglycemia include sweating, shakiness, confusion and slurred speech. Unfortunately, this condition exhibits similar symptoms to being under the influence of alcohol. As a result, the police mistakenly arrest many people for DUI each year.
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Colorado law enforcement takes driving under the influence, or DUI, seriously. A conviction on a DUI charge can result in a permanent criminal record. That is a consequence that can negatively affect your future career opportunities, and potential military and educational options.
Driving under the influence is a serious charge in Colorado, but it becomes even more serious if you have multiple convictions on your record. Once you reach a fourth DUI, the potential penalties become very steep because under Colorado law a fourth DUI is a felony crime.
While states have a blood alcohol content (BAC) limit of 0.08 for driving under the influence, Colorado has stricter laws in place. Anyone operating a vehicle with a BAC between 0.05 and 0.08 can face arrest for driving while ability impaired. Additionally, many other countries in the world make it illegal for drivers with a BAC higher than 0.05 to drive a car.
When you think of driving under the influence (DUI), you might automatically think of driving while impaired by alcohol or marijuana. However, impaired driving encompasses a lot more than these two instances. One aspect you might overlook is driving while you are impaired by prescription medications. Even if you are legally prescribed a certain type of medicine, you may not be able to drive when you take it if it is a controlled substance.
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.
A scandal involving alleged forged certifications of breath testing machines is rocking the Colorado legal community. It could result in the overturning of thousands of DUI convictions in the state. In an article published on March 14, 2017, the Denver Post provided these basic facts concerning the scandal: