It has been a little over one month since Colorado’s felony DUI law went into action. Before, repeat DUI offenders only faced misdemeanor charges despite the number of offenses committed, prompting public outcry that led to a bill making any fourth DUI conviction a felony punishable by large fines and potential prison time decided by a judge on a case by case basis.
The number of repeat offenders now being charged under the felony DUI bill has reached nearly two dozen in the month since the bill went into effect.
Does a Felony Threat Deter Drunk Drivers?
The tragic truth about many repeat drunk driving offenders is that alcohol addiction takes away the ability to think rationally. Repeat offenders who are also alcohol addicts sometimes don’t think about the consequences, so it stands to reason that felony DUIs are an unfair punishment for a group of people who need rehabilitation, not prison. Additionally, repeat offenses are not the only way to receive felony charges from a DUI – if you are involved in an accident that injures someone, you can bet the prosecutors are going to go after you for it.
Drunk driving convictions hurt. Having a felony on your record can make a lot of things difficult. That is why it is so important to contact a drunk driving attorney if you are facing a felony conviction for DUI. In the end, the judge is going to be the one to decide whether you are sentenced to prison or rehabilitation – you want an attorney to make the best possible case for you in order to reduce the potential punishments.
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