In Colorado, receiving your first-time DUI violation is considered an unclassified misdemeanor. For reference, the consequences for property theft valued between $1,000-$2,000 is similar to this. Understanding the consequences of DUI violations and how to protect yourself if convicted will greatly help your situation. 


Even if it’s your first time receiving one, a DUI is not to be taken lightly. It can leave you with severe consequences such as a nine-month license suspension, a possible one-year jail sentence, and significant financial responsibilities. Other responsibilities like ancillary duties like community service and participation in alcohol education  

After a DUI arrest in Colorado, it’s important to remain calm and exercise your right to remain silent. An Officer who pulls you over with suspicion of impaired driving is more than likely to request a blood or breathalyzer test. It is in your best interest not to refuse the test, which can result in an automatic license suspension for at least one year. 


If you’re suspected of driving impaired, and you fail the sobriety test or refuse to take the blood or breathalyzer test, you may be arrested. This can lead to various consequences, all of which are severe and in your best interest to avoid. Exercise your right to remain silent and seek legal representation to assist you in the situation.

Potential consequences for a certain situation include time jail time ranging from 5 days to 1 year, a monetary fine of up to $1,000, up to 9 months of license revocation, up to 96 hours of community service, mandatory alcohol education, and the possibility of an ignition interlock device for up to 9 months.

DUI offenses in Colorado have significant legal consequences, even if it is your first time DUI. Aggravating factors like refusing a BAC test, previous out-of-state DUI convictions, elevated BAC levels, having a child in the vehicle, or being involved in a DUI-related accident can escalate your consequences. Legal representation with expert knowledge is important for navigating the complications of each case.


Hiring an experienced attorney will greatly help ease the mind, make the process run smoother, and ultimately end in the best position for you. Contact the offices of Shipp-Law to assist you and provide you with the knowledge necessary to come out with the best possible outcome.