A 48-year-old man, who is facing driving under the influence charges in Montana, has nine prior DUI convictions in Colorado, according to this report in the Rocky Mountain News. Thaylin Pierce was reportedly arrested at a parking lot in Billings where some people saw him stumble drunkenly away from a casino. The citizens prevented him from driving away by blocking his pickup truck.
Police arrested Pierce after he failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a breath test, according to court documents cited in the news article. He has also been charged with misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and not having proof of insurance. According to prosecutors, Pierce has also been previously convicted of a DUI in Wyoming.
Repeat DUI offenders face extremely serious consequences including jail time, hefty fines and loss of driver’s license. What these defendants need is not jail time, but some serious help with alcohol or drug rehabilitation. However, courts tend to be more sympathetic to first-time offenders with regard to alternative sentencing. Repeat offenders could face more serious consequences if the incident resulted in injuries or death to someone other than the drunk driver. In such cases, the defendant could be looking at vehicular manslaughter or even murder charges. In the State of Colorado, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more.
If you or someone you love is facing a DUI charge in Colorado, please contact the Law Office of Timothy Bussey to schedule your free consultation. We can provide the quality, aggressive and experienced legal defense you’ll need to stay out of jail and get your life back on track.