The top concern of most people facing a multiple DUI offense such as a second DUI or felony DUI is incarceration. In Colorado, there is mandatory jail for anyone with a prior DUI or DWAI conviction, so the sentencing judge has limited options regarding leniency.
If you have been charged with a multiple offense DUI, contact our office for a free consultation with an experienced attorney that specializes in DUI defense. A felony DUI or multiple offender case creates complexities in its approach and potential sentences that a first-offense does not have.
If there is at least one prior alcohol-or-drug related driving conviction on your record, such as DUI, DWI, DWAI, OUI, etc., and your new charges happened within five years of the previous conviction, you are not eligible for in-home detection or other types of house-arrest arrangements, which means incarceration is mandatory. If your prior offense occurred outside of five years from the new case, a sentencing judge may, but is not obligated to, allow for house arrest, in-home detention, or electronic home monitoring for the minimum portion of the jail sentence.
If you have more than one prior offense on your record, you could be facing a felony charge depending on the facts and circumstances of your DUI case. Felony DUI in Colorado can result in a prison sentence and a permanent scar on your criminal record.