2014 Promises Big Changes for Colorado DUI Laws

What does it mean to be persistent? According to online dictionary sources, persistent means: continuing firmly or obstinately in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. Which of course, can mean a good thing, for example in the pursuit of a college degree or career aspirations. However, the word ‘persistent’ when used in conjunction with Colorado’s DUI laws is not a good thing. As a matter of fact, if you find yourself facing ‘Persistent Drunk Driving’ charges, you will need to seek Denver DUI defense immediately.

A classification of ‘persistent drunk driving’ carries far stiffer penalties than your first time offense or perhaps regular DUI charge. This bill, originally passed in 1998, is designed for those driver’s with excessively high BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) or have repeatedly found themselves arrested for driving under the influence. You can be facing such a charge if you are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving and found to have a high enough BAC level or if you refuse to take a blood, urine or breathalyzer test.

Cracking down on drunk drivers, starting January 1st, 2014, Colorado lawmakers further reduced the driver’s BAC levels from .17 to .15. Even if you have never been arrested for drunk driving, you can be facing this rather severe and dubious charge of ‘persistent drunk driving’ depending on the results of your blood alcohol level. No doubt, high alcohol content is a factor when facing a DUI.

Denver DUI defense can help you regain your life and your driving privileges if you happen to find yourself facing these charges. Before the recent change to this law, your license was automatically restricted for one year. Now, though with the recent update in this law, those arrested can reapply for their license after 60 days, though you could still be looking at a minimum of hefty fines, court appearances, community services, interlocking devices and alcohol rehabilitation courses.

Drinking and driving is a very serious matter. If you take your chances behind the wheel after a night of heavy imbibing you could be looking at life-altering consequences. That is why Denver DUI defense can help get you back into the driver’s seat and rebuilding your life.

 

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