Colorado DUI Laws

If you operate a motor vehicle in the state of Colorado, this automatically requires you to submit to a chemical test upon request, by blood, breath, or urine to measure your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). If an officer of the law requires you to take a chemical test, and you refuse, your license will be revoked for one year. 

What is the blood alcohol concentration level (BAC) limit in the state of Colorado?

In the state of Colorado, it is a crime to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration level (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. This figure is considerably lower than the previous 0.10% prior to July 2004. Driving while ability is impaired by alcohol or drugs (DWAI) is also a crime, but the BAC level is lower. You will be charged with a DWAI if your BAC is between 0.05% and 0.07%. Although DWAI is a lesser offense, the penalties are just as stiff. 

In the state of Colorado what is the administrative license suspension period for a first offense?

In the state of Colorado, if you get arrested for DUI, the administrative license suspension time for a first offense is 3 months. Under administrative license suspension, the drivers’ license will be taken before conviction when he either fails or refuses to be tested for alcohol or drugs. During the 3 month revocation period, the driver may obtain a limited license only if he failed the test, not if he refused to take the test. 

In the state of Colorado, what are the penalties for a first DUI offense? Second offense?

Some first DUI offenses and all second and third offenses require interlock. For the first DWAI offense, the offender will accumulate 8 points toward license suspension and he will have to pay $100-$500 in fines as well as complete 24-48 hours of community service. For a first DUI offense, the offender’s driver’s license will automatically be suspended for up to one year and he will spend 5 days to one year in jail and child custody. Mandatory alcohol education is required for 3-9 months, and 48-96 hours of community service is required as well. You will also have to pay $300-$1,000.

For a second DWAI offense, the fine is from $300-$1,000, 45 days to one year in jail, 48-96 hours of mandatory public service and your license will be suspended for one year. For a second DUI offense, you will receive 12 points towards drivers license suspension, fines from $500-$1,500, and minimum 90 days to one year in jail. You will also be required to complete 60-120 hours of mandatory public service.