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Three Ways a DUI Can Become a Felony in Colorado

The State of Colorado takes driving under the influence very seriously. In most cases, it is charged as a misdemeanor with consequences including fines, loss of driving privileges and even jail time.

However, not all DUIs are treated the same. In extreme circumstances, an offender may be charged with a felony if certain aggravating factors are present. Felony DUI, of course, is punished much more harshly than misdemeanor DUI.

Here are three ways driving under the influence becomes a felony in Colorado:

  • The offender has been convicted of three previous DUIs.
  • The DUI resulted in serious bodily harm, known as vehicular assault.
  • The DUI caused a fatality, known as DUI homicide.

Severe consequences follow a felony DUI conviction, with sentences including multiple years in prison and maximum fines exceeding $100,000.

Overcoming a DUI Conviction is Difficult

A DUI conviction, especially for felony DUI, can turn your life upside down. It may be years before you can get license back, but driving will likely be your last concern with serious fines and prison time bearing down on you.

Thankfully, people charged with a crime still have rights, and everyone is considered innocent before proven guilty.

An experienced DUI defense attorney will listen to your side of the story and wage a vigorous defense on your behalf.

Denver, Colorado, residents shouldn’t hesitate to reach out to legal professionals to learn about their options for defending against DUI charges. If cost is a concern, many lawyers offer a free initial consultation at no out-of-pocket cost to the client.

Peter Albani round headshot Criminal defense attorney Denver, Colorado

Colorado Criminal Defense Attorney

Peter Albani is a Colorado criminal defense attorney with a statewide law practice. He routinely represents clients on criminal matters ranging from DUI to homicide. Albani Law represents clients in Park County (Fairplay), Summit County (Breckenridge), Lake County (Leadville), Eagle County (Eagle), Chaffee County (Salida), and all Front Range Colorado Counties.

Call Peter at (303) 753-0900 and he will take your phone call personally.

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