After having a couple of drinks you may feel fine, so you get into your car and head home. Next thing you know, flashing lights and sirens appear behind you. When the officer comes to the window to talk to you, you suddenly become concerned because your breath may smell like alcohol. Then the officer asks you to step out of the vehicle and submit to a breath test.
Each year, Colorado law enforcement arrests thousands of motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol. Until recently, you could be arrested innumerable times, and each arrest would be a misdemeanor. However, frustrated by the number of repeat offenders and the rising number of DUI accidents, lawmakers passed a bill in 2015 establishing a driver's fourth offense as a felony.
Changes in Colorado's laws regarding the recreational use of marijuana have brought confusion and frustration as lawmakers continue to work to adjust DUI laws to match these changes. As a result, individuals arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs may face challenges as they fight to protect their right to drive and other lawful entitlements.
A DUI (Driving Under the Influence) or DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired) charge in Colorado can be considered a misdemeanor or felony depending on the situation. However, the good news is that there are many circumstances that must be taken into consideration for a conviction. The following are common questions and answers regarding Colorado's DUI laws:
This question has been a concern of law enforcement since marijuana was legalized for personal use in 2014. The answer so far is no.
Since recreational use of marijuana was legalized in Colorado, there have been many questions about what is legal and what is not when it comes to driving.
In an order that comes from the U.S. Supreme Court, law enforcement in Colorado and throughout the country might want to take a look at their blood test process in drunk driving cases. Collecting blood evidence from DUI suspects isn't always acceptable, particularly when officials don't have warrants to do so.
Medical marijuana has been legal in Colorado for some time. But with the more recent vote to legalize the recreational use of the drug, some lawmakers and traffic safety advocates have upped their persistence to get a law on the books that would prevent DUI accidents caused by marijuana use.
Most people understand the laws regarding drunk driving. Such laws have been on the books for some time; not to mention, most can wrap their brains around the fact that driving while drunk is dangerous. Drunk driving laws for the most part seem logical to drivers, even if DUI accusations are sometimes falsely made.
It is already a stressful situation when someone is charged with DUI in Colorado. The loss of freedom, the loss of one's driver's license and the damage to someone's record and reputation are current consequences for defendants convicted of drunk driving.