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Sentence Enhancements for DUI in Colorado

In Colorado, the general penalty for an individual convicted of either driving under the influence [“DUI”] or driving while ability impaired [“DWAI”] will consist of a period of imprisonment and a period or probation. Although each crime has sentencing guidelines, the judge may enhance the sentence if the blood alcohol content [“BAC”] was at or above 0.20 or if there are prior convictions.

BAC in and of itself is not sufficient evidence to convict an individual of DUI or DWAI, but if the other elements of the crime are met, it alone is determinative of significantly increasing the sentence. If an individual’s BAC was at 0.20 or higher within two hours after being stopped upon suspicion of committing DUI or DWAI; the period of imprisonment will increase if it is the individual’s first offense. If convicted of DUI the minimum period of imprisonment will increase from 5 days to 10 days. If convicted of DWAI the minimum period of imprisonment will increase from 2 days to 10 days. In addition to BAC, an individual’s sentence may be enhanced due to previous convictions.

Individual’s respond to incentives and by enhancing sentences due to prior convictions, the legislature hopes to decrease the dangerous behavior from occurring. After being convicted of either DUI or DWAI, the second conviction will carry a sentence with a minimum imprisonment of 10 days. This is an increase of 5 days  from the minimum imposed on DUI first offenders and an increase of 8 days from the minimum imposed on DWAI first offenders. If convicted of either DUI or DWAI subsequent to being convicted of DUI/DWAI at least twice before, an individual will serve a minimum of 60 days in prison, a six fold increase from a second offense.


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