Driving under the influence charges may bring individuals that have not had prior contact with the criminal justice system into contact with it. Because of this, you may have a variety of question concerning what happens if you or a loved one is pulled over for a DUI. Questions may include, among others, what the consequences are for refusing to submit to a breath test.
Because Colorado has an expressed consent law, drivers in Colorado consent to a chemical test to determine intoxication in circumstances when a police officer possesses reasonable grounds to believe the driver is driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs and that the driver's ability to drive is impaired. Drivers who fail to submit to a required breath test in Colorado will be labeled persistent drunk drivers. The designation of Persistent Drunk Driver in Colorado can carry additional penalties, including required installation of an ignition interlock device.