The possibility of receiving a felony DUI in Colorado will soon be a reality. A bill was recently sent to the governor for signing that will make repeat drunk driving a felony charge in Colorado. A felony drunk driving law has been a source of debate among lawmakers for a number of years. The current bill, however, making repeat DUIs a felony has been passed and the governor as indicated he intends to sign it. Critics of the bill have expressed concern that a felony DUI law will overwhelm the court system and prisons.
The new law provides that a driver convicted of a second DUI will be required to install an ignition interlock device in the driver's car for up to five years and blow into the breathalyzer to start the car. Under the new law, a driver convicted of a third DUI will receive community corrections. A fourth DUI is considered a felony DUI and will result in a prison sentence between two and six years. As a result of the new law, Colorado is joining 46 other states with felony DUI laws.