Getting pulled over by an officer on suspicion of drunk driving can be a frightening - as well as embarrassing - situation, especially if you were sure you were good to drive. But what if you haven't had a drop of alcohol all day and are still pulled over by police for a DUI/DWI? What's worse, you're also showing all of the signs of intoxication and are thus arrested as a result.
When Colorado lawmakers made fourth-time DUIs a felony offense last year, many people wondered if this was the answer to reducing the number of drunk driving accidents in the state. Many are hopeful it will, but is stricter legislation really the most effective deterrent for repeat offenders?
As the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaches, many people will take needed breaks from family by grabbing a drink or two with friends the day before. In fact, the day before Thanksgiving has become such a popular time for going out that some have started calling it "Blackout Wednesday," according to Bloomberg.
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.
Imagine driving away from the bar - or the game, or anywhere you might have a drink or two - and seeing flashing lights in your rearview mirror. Would you be able to think critically and plan your best course of action? Or would you be like most people and panic, inadvertently doing or saying something that ended up hurting your case?
Drunk driving charges may result from a momentary lapse in judgment, a mistake or even false assumptions made by police officers, but they can have a serious impact on many aspects of your life.
As of now, there is no felony DUI law in Colorado, and that is true no matter how many times you are stopped for drunk driving. However, lawmakers are trying to draft a new felony law and get it on the books, and it appears that the governor has decided to make it a top priority.
Individuals who are arrested for DUI are often ill-prepared to deal with the possible fallout. A DUI arrest and subsequent conviction can be costly in many ways and potentially result in an individual losing the respect of family members and friends as well as his or her drivers' license. What's more, a DUI conviction may result in the loss of employment, housing and, in some cases, one's very freedom. Regardless of the circumstances of a DUI case, there are a number of things those facing these types of serious criminal charges should do and keep in mind.