If you are a concealed carrier of firearms in Colorado, then you know that you should at no point be in possession of a firearm while under the influence of an intoxicating substance. But what happens if you are charged with impaired driving without a firearm? Can your concealed carry permit be revoked? Colorado has fairly broad rules when it comes to concealed carry permits (CCWs), but if you have been charged with a DUI, you may find that your CCW is in jeopardy.
Chronic and Habitual Use of Alcoholic Beverages
Just because you have a DUI does not mean that you will lose your CCW or be denied one if you apply in the future, generally speaking. Colorado law dictates that applicants or holders of CCWs who chronically and habitually use alcoholic beverages to the extent that their normal faculties are impaired can be denied a CCW or have their CCW revoked. How does the state determine chronic and habitual alcohol use? Three ways:
- You have at any time been committed as an alcoholic.
- Within ten years, you have had two or more alcohol-related convictions of DUI or DWAI.
- Revocations related to misdemeanor alcohol-related convictions.
So, if you have had two DUIs in ten years, you can have your permit denied or revoked by the Sheriff.
There is a way to get a CCW with two past DUI convictions, but it is by no means guaranteed. If you undergo treatment by a therapist who specializes in alcohol addiction and provide a signed affidavit to the police that proves you have been alcohol-free for the past three years, the Sheriff may reconsider your denial.
If you have been charged with DUI, a Denver drunk driving defense attorney can help you minimize the penalties you will face.