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Could a third DUI turn into a felony in Colorado?

A DUI charge is not an easy matter for those who are arrested. Now, DUI charges in Colorado could be stricter if a new law is passed. Reports indicate that a proposed law would make one's third DUI a felony.

Currently, Colorado is among only a few other states that do not have DUIs classified as felonies. Most of the time, the 16th DUI is treated that same as the first DUI. A county lawmaker is adamant about having more serious penalties enacted for drivers who are repeatedly charged with DUI. This proposal was introduced again this year after an attempt to have the law passed last year failed.

If the law is passed, state attorneys would be allowed to press class 4 felonies on individuals who are charged for the third time. In addition, drivers who are convicted must have certain devices installed in their cars for extended periods of time. A district attorney says that repeat DUIs are a serious problem and have caused multiple fatalities in a six-year time frame.

It is important for blog readers to remember that, just because someone is charged with DUI, this does not mean that he or she is automatically guilty. Individuals who are charged have the right to fair court proceedings throughout the criminal process. Furthermore, they have the right to defend themselves against any allegations that are presented against them at trial. Individuals who are charged with DUIs can increase the potential of having a favorable outcome by having an experienced criminal defense attorney in Colorado by their sides.

Source: timescall.com, "Proposed law would make third DUI a felony in Colorado", John Bear, Jan. 5, 2015

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