DUI convictions can be associated with some harsh, costly penalties that have been getting even more stringent over the recent years (and will likely continue on this trend in the future, as law enforcement officials attempt to discourage drivers from drunk driving). While some of these DUI penalties can include jail time, expensive court fines and loss of one’s driving privileges, in some cases, those convicted of DUI will also be sentenced to having ignition interlock devices installed and maintained on their vehicles.
Ignition interlock devices are essentially portable breathalyzer units that are fixed to the ignition system of a person’s car. In order to start a car with an ignition interlock device, an individual has to blow into the device (i.e., submit a breath sample) and prove that he does not have alcohol in his system. Additionally, once a car with one of these devices has been started, the person will have to continue submitting breath samples periodically while driving the car.
According to Colorado law, individuals who will typically be sentenced to have and maintain ignition interlock devices in their cars include those who:
- Have been convicted of a DUI for the first time (as of January 1, 2009) and had a BAC greater than 0.17
- Have been convicted of DUI for the second time within five years
- Have been convicted of DUI for the third time in their lifetime.
In each of these cases, the individual will be required to properly maintain the ignition interlock device on his or her car for two years.
Denver DUI Defense Lawyers
The authorities take DUI charges very seriously, and prosecutors in Colorado have extensive experience securing DUI convictions. As a result, if you or a loved one has been accused of any type of DUI-related crime in Denver, regardless of whether it’s your first DUI or you have prior DUIs, you will need an experienced defense attorney who is dedicated to defending your rights.
At the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara, our skilled Denver DUI defense lawyers are committed to providing the accused with the best possible defense and to working tirelessly to helping them resolve their case as favorably as possible. To learn more about your legal rights and receive expert advice on how to proceed with your case, contact us at (720) 379-8262.