It is not uncommon for law enforcement to develop initiatives geared toward a particular traffic violation. Spring 2019 was no different for the Colorado Department of Transportation.
During a five-week spring DUI enforcement period, part of the CDOT’s Whole System Whole Safety initiative, Colorado saw increased DUI patrols and DUI checkpoints from April 5 through May 13. In this time period, law enforcement agencies cited 1,708 impaired drivers.
With more than 100 agencies participating statewide, the individuals cited showed a decrease from the 1,932 citations issued in 2018. Similarly, law enforcement agencies arrested 293 impaired drivers over March 15-18, St. Patrick’s Day celebration, a decrease from 323 during the same period in 2018.
DUI Penalties In Colorado
DUIs can ruin lives. From the criminal consequences that might include fines, jail time, community service, loss of driving privileges and increased car insurance premiums to individuals facing the stigma attached to having a criminal record, penalties can be severe. A permanent record, for example, can impact housing opportunities, educational opportunities and occupational opportunities.
Is There A Defense?
While many individuals might be tempted to simply accept these penalties, it is not uncommon for drivers to fight a DUI charge. With the help of a skilled defense attorney, charges might be challenged based on the legality of the initial traffic stop or the reliability of the chemical test that was administered. It is important to understand the options you have at your disposal. Whether the charge is DUI or DWAI, you might face life-altering consequences without the guidance of a criminal defense firm.