Will I Go to Jail for a Driving Offense in Colorado?

In Colorado, there are various driving offenses that are generally classed as misdemeanors and do not necessarily result in jail time. However, with that being said, there are also a number of driving offenses in Colorado that will result in jail time. Here, we’ve outlined the possible jail time periods you could be facing when you are charged with any of the following Colorado driving offenses.

DUI Charge

DUIs are usually classed as misdemeanors but DUI penalties change depending on many factors—one of them being whether the DUI charge is a first, second, third, or subsequent offense.

For a first offense you could face from 5 days to 1 year in jail. For a second offense you could face from 10 days to 1 year in jail. For a third offense you could face 60 days to 1 year in fail. And, for fourth or subsequent offenses, you could face 2 to 6 years in prison.

DUI per se

A DUI per se is similar to a DUI, however it means that if you drive with a BAC of 0.08% or higher, you are considered to be under the influence even if your driving was not unsafe. If you are charged with a DUI per se, your first conviction could result in 5 days to 1 year in jail.

DWAI Charge

Again, the penalties associated with a DWAI charge can alter due to many contributing factors. Generally, a DWAI is considered a misdemeanor in Colorado, but this does not mean a DWAI charge will always be processed as a misdemeanor.

For a first time DWAI offense, you can face from 2 days to 180 days in jail. Similar to a DUI, you can face 10 days to up to a year in jail for the second, third, or subsequent offense.

It is also true for a DWAI charge that if it is processed as a felony, rather than a misdemeanor, you may face 2 years to 6 years in a state prison with mandatory parole time added.

UDD Charge

While a first offense UDD charge will not result in jail time, the second, third and subsequent offense can result in 10 days to 90 days of jail time.

If you have been charged with a driving offense in Colorado, we recommend that you retain the best possible DUI lawyer in Colorado to begin working on your defense as soon as possible. In addition to the risk of jail time, these driving offenses often come with hefty fines, license revocations, and a criminal record attached to your name. An experienced lawyer will challenge the allegations made against you and mediate your penalties expertly.