As this blog recently discussed, there have been some recent changes to Colorado DUI law that will soon take effect. Some Colorado residents may wonder about DUI penalties in Colorado, how they compare to other states and when they may be able to expect changes. One study ranked Colorado, prior to the new felony DUI law, as the seventeenth strictest state in the United States concerning drunk driving.
The new felony DUI law will go into effect on August 5, 2015, and makes an accused individual's fourth DUI conviction a felony which can be punished by up to six years in prison. Currently, the first DUI conviction in Colorado carries a minimum of 5 days in jail and a second DUI conviction carries a minimum of 10 days in jail. Presently, there is no felony DUI law but a fourth DUI conviction will be considered a felony after August 5, 2015, and can lead to up to 6 years in prison for an accused individual.