Due to the enactment of Colorado House Bill 17-1315, the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice was charged with the task of collecting and analyzing specific data regarding driving under the influence (DUI) within the state.
With that goal in mind, the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice released a report earlier this summer that analyzes more than 27,000 DUI cases from 2016 — and while many of the findings are expected, they are nevertheless interesting.
Where do most charges arise, and who is most likely to be arrested?
Specifically, this recent report reviewed 27,244 cases involving at least one DUI charge. In total, there were 97,066 charges associated with these cases. Some of the facts gleaned from reviewing these cases, which are outlined in the report, include:
- The two counties in Colorado with the most DUI case filings, Arapahoe and Adams, are located in the Denver Metropolitan Area.
- Of the five counties with the most DUI case filings, four are in the Denver Metropolitan Area, including the counties of Arapahoe (3,157 DUI filings), Adams (2,853 DUI filings), Jefferson (2,489 DUI filings) and Denver (2,269 DUI filings).
- Of the 27,244 DUI cases reviewed, 74.6 percent involved male defendants.
- Men in their 20s represented the largest group of DUI defendants, with 25-year-olds having the highest number of DUI filings.
Again, while none of these findings are terribly surprising, they nevertheless paint a vivid picture of those most likely to face DUI charges in Colorado. So, if you are a 25-year-old living in the Denver area, you had better avoid getting behind the wheel if you have been drinking, because the statistics above indicate there is a good chance the police will arrest you.