A first DUI offense in Colorado results in both criminal (fines and possibly jail time) and administrative penalties (license suspension). However, aside from DUI charges, which involve drivers found with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) above .08, Colorado also includes penalties for DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired) violations.
DUI offenses are serious crimes in Colorado. Generally a first and second DUI offense will be considered a misdemeanor crime. However if you cause bodily injury or property damage while you are driving...
The 3rd offense DUI or DWAI in Colorado is a very serious matter. Driving under the influence (DUI) requires.08% blood alcohol content (BAC) while driving while ability impaired (DWAI) requires a BAC between .05% and .08% BAC. A few things are important to note in Colorado.
Sobriety checkpoints are legal in Colorado (see 803 P.2d 483 (Colo. 1990)). These checkpoints (also referred to as "mobile checkpoints" or "roadblocks") are police traffic stops that are not tied to any specific or individual suspicions.