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Felony DUI Archives

A notable day for an already tough Colorado DUI law

As we stressed in a previous blog post at the long-tenured Denver criminal defense firm of Shazam, Kianpour & Associates, Colorado law enforcers "have never been compromising or lenient to any extent when it comes to prosecuting drinking-related offenses."

Why do felony DUI penalties vary so much?

When laws change, it can be for the better or worse. In the case of those facing a felony conviction in Colorado for driving under the influence, it can actually work to your benefit. In fact, because the guidelines are so loose, it's possible to receive no incarceration at all, even on a fourth offense.

Ninth DUI leads to felony conviction for Colorado man

Colorado's recent felony DUI expansion was brought to bear in a very real way recently, during the sentencing of a man who had numerous prior DUI convictions across several states. The defendant was appearing to face his ninth DUI charge in Colorado.

Felony DUI laws lead to rising prison population

Laws that get tough on crimes that the public loves to hate are often relatively easy to get passed and build plenty of political goodwill for the public servants who author and support them. However, these types of laws can have unanticipated consequences that demand they be reconsidered. Here in Colorado, just such a law has reversed our statewide decline in prison occupancy.

What makes a felony DUI so bad?

A felony DUI is unlike other forms because it is intended for those who have caused harm to another person due to their negligence. If you're in a situation where you were driving while intoxicated and hit a vehicle or a pedestrian, you could be facing this charge. A felony DUI has harsher penalties than a misdemeanor, and that means you could have to spend time in prison or have high fines and costs to pay. 

Fight against prison and fines of a felony DUI case

In our previous blog post, we discussed the fact that Colorado law allows judges discretion when they are handling felony DUI cases. That means that the case you present as your defense could have a big impact on the sentence you receive if you are convicted of the crime. The fact is that any DUI charge can severely impact your entire life.