Is Jail Time Likely for a First-Time DUI Offense?
By Ryan Peterson on November 22, 2023
The likelihood of facing jail time for a first-time DUI offense depends on the specific circumstances of your case. In Colorado, there is a minimum mandatory jail sentence of five days for a first offense DUI, even with a relatively low BAC level. However, the court has the discretion to suspend the jail sentence if the defendant successfully completes a substance abuse assessment and an alcohol education program.
If a person’s BAC exceeded 0.20, and the person is convicted, there is a mandatory minimum of at least 10 days of jail that must be imposed. However, an attorney may be able to negotiate a plea arrangement that allows those days to be served as in-home detention, or work release.
It is crucial to contact an experienced DUI attorney without delay. Our team initiates immediate action on your case, maximizing your chances of achieving a favorable outcome. With our deep understanding of the law, we vigorously defend your rights and advocate for your best interests, aiming to mitigate or altogether avoid any jail time.