Consequences of Repeat DUI Offenses
The penalties for a first time DUI conviction are very steep. They can include a fine of $600 to $1000 dollars, a nine-month license suspension, 12 points added to your license, 48 to 96 hours of community service, and 5 days to one year in jail.
However, with each subsequent conviction the penalties increase significantly. Under Colorado DUI law, a 2nd DUI conviction may result in:
- A possible 12 month license suspension
- 12 points added to your license
- 10 days to one year in jail
- $600 to $1500 in fines
- 48 to 120 hours of community service
For a 3rd offense, the license suspension period increases to 24 months and includes increased fines, community service hours, and jail time.
A 3rd DUI conviction within 7 years can qualify you as a habitual traffic offender. A habitual offender could have their license revoked for a mandatory period of 5 years. The fines can reach up to $5000 and mandatory jail sentences start at 90 days.
Habitual violator laws also allow for your car may be impounded and seized. You will be required to carry SR-22 proof of insurance form. These forms must generally be kept for two years and are often accompanied by much more expensive rates than regular insurance.
If you have been charged with repeat DUI offenses, it is imperative that you find an experienced, knowledgeable and aggressive Denver criminal defense lawyer to represent you in court. The stakes are too high to trust your case to a lawyer without these skills.
Please contact the Law Offices of Nicolas M. Geman to schedule your initial consultation today.