Colorado Springs Felony DUI Defense Attorneys
As of August 5, 2015, a bill went into effect that chartered a new course for those facing a repeat felony DUI charge. Prior to the new law, Colorado was one of very few states that didn't make a differentiation from a misdemeanor to a felony charge for those repeat offenders. However, the new law makes it a felony offense for repeat DUI offenders. The bill, HB 15-1043, says the following:
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE- DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED- DRIVING WITH EXCESSIVE ALCOHOLIC CONTENT- DEFINITIONS- PENALTIES. (1) A PERSON WHO DRIVES A MOTOR VEHICLE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR ONE OR MORE DRUGS, OR A COMBINATION OF BOTH ALCOHOL AND ONE OR MORE DRUGS COMMITS DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE. DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE IS A MISDEMEANOR, BUT IT IS A CLASS 4 FELONY IF THE VIOLATION OCCURRED AFTER THREE OR MORE PRIOR CONVICTIONS, ARISING OUT OF SEPARATE AND DISTINCT CRIMINAL EPISODES, FOR DUI, DUI PER SE, OR DWAI; VEHICULAR HOMICIDE, AS DESCRIBED IN SECTION 18-3-106 (1) (b), C.R.S.; VEHICULAR ASSAULT, AS DESCRIBED IN SECTION 18-3-205 (1) (b), C.R.S.; OR ANY COMBINATION THEREOF.
It is important that you know a couple facts about the new law:
1) If this is your fourth DUI charge, you can be charged with a Class 4 felony. The punishments for this charge include up to 6 years in prison, and up to half a million dollars in fines. Any DUI convictions that you received in other states do count as priors.
2) The judge has ultimate discretion over the sentencing and penalties for felony DUI convictions. This gives options for alternate sentencing possibilities based on the circumstances of each specific case.
Our team at Barker and Tolini would love to take your case and fight hard for your rights and freedom. We have experience and successes on our belt. Give us a call today at 719-227-0230.