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Colorado allows some offenders who have committed an alcohol-related driving offense to regain their driving privileges if they install an ignition interlock device. This guide will explain penalties and how the interlock process works in Colorado.
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Colorado has strict laws for alcohol-based driving offenses. The penalties include criminal penalties, like fines and jail time, as well as administrative penalties like license suspensions. The courts decide criminal penalties, and the department of revenue is responsible for the administrative penalties. Even first-time offenders risk having their license suspended for up to nine months. Eligible offenders may be able to regain their driving privileges if they install an ignition interlock device approved by the state.
Colorado considers anyone with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent or more to be legally intoxicated, which means they are at risk for a DUI conviction. Even first-time offenders risk serious penalties in Colorado if they’re arrested for DUI, and so do first-time offenders convicted of driving while ability impaired (DWAI).
For those under 21, their license can be suspended for three months on a first offense, six months on a second offense, and a full year for a third offense. They also risk 10 to 90 days in jail, a fine of up to $300, and up to 24 hours of community service.
In some cases, the jail sentence may be lessened in favor of community service or attendance in a treatment program. Colorado drivers can apply to regain their driving privileges if they agree to install an ignition interlock device (IID). An interlock device prevents drivers from starting their car with alcohol in their system.
In many cases, the offender may also be required to install an ignition interlock in Colorado from an approved provider like Intoxalock. The requirement could be a condition of parole or a requirement to regain driving privileges.
In Colorado, penalties increase for repeat offenders, and if you commit a fourth DUI, the offense may be considered a felony as opposed to a misdemeanor. A felony carries harsher penalties and may impact employment opportunities. Colorado also adds 12 points to a driver’s license record for each DUI offense.
Drivers in Colorado can regain partial driving privileges if they install an ignition interlock device. Restricted licenses typically allow offenders to drive to work, school, home, treatment, and other necessary appointments. To regain their driving privileges in Colorado, DUI offenders need to:
Colorado requires ignition interlock devices for many offenders as a condition of regaining driving privileges. Ignition interlock devices help prevent drunk driving.
You may be wondering “How much does an interlock cost in Colorado?”, and the cost varies depending on the provider. Intoxalock IIDs cost about $2.50-$3.50 a day, and there are flexible payment options. Offenders are responsible for the cost of leasing the device. Colorado does offer financial assistance for qualified first offenders. For people who are declared indigent, the judicial district’s probation department can be required to pay the costs of continuous alcohol monitoring, using money in the offender services fund. If you are unsure if you qualify to have your services paid for, your attorney should be able to assist.
*Up to $75 of your installation will be covered after mail-in rebate. To apply this offer, a 6-month minimum lease is required. The offer is only available to Colorado customers and cannot be combined with any other offer. The offer cannot be applied to voluntary leases.
An experienced attorney can help represent your interests in court. Many attorneys specialize in DUI cases, and their familiarity with the law can help make the process less difficult for you. We partner with several attorneys in your area.