A new law that was recently signed into by Governor John Hickenlooper strengthens penalties, for second and third DUIs, and also establishes a fourth-time DUI as a felony. The bill was defeated several times over the years in the Colorado state legislature, but recently passed.
Under the bill, a person who convicted of a second DUI offense will be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in the vehicle, that will prevent them from operating the vehicle if they are under the influence of alcohol. They device may have to be installed for as long as five years.
For a person convicted of a third time DUI offense, community corrections penalties will apply. If a person is convicted of a fourth time DUI, he will be charged as a felon.
The bill failed several times in the state legislature primarily because of its cost. It is believed that the bill will cost at least $4 million in implementation expenses in 2016, because of the higher numbers of people who will now go to prison, after being charged as felons for multiple DUI convictions.
Being charged with a crime for multiple DUI convictions is a very serious matter. If you have been arrested for yet another drunk driving offense, speak with a DUI defense attorney in Denver about your legal options for defense.