Colorado Requires Ignition Interlock Devices for DUI or DWAI Convictions

A DUI conviction in Colorado comes with heavy penalties for drivers; among these is the suspension of your drivers’ license. In some cases, you may receive a restricted drivers’ license after a DUI/DWAI conviction, but only if you accept the requirement of having an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle.

A Colorado ignition interlock device requires a breath test from the driver each time he or she uses the car. If the device detects alcohol on the drivers’ breath, it will not allow the car to start.

Colorado law requires drivers convicted of drunk driving to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles in the following circumstances:

  • First offense (DUI or DWAI): Eight months with an ignition interlock device after serving 30 days and being approved for early reinstatement, starting in 2009.
  • First offense with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.17 or greater: Two years with an ignition interlock device, starting in 2007.
  • Second or Third DWAI: Two years with an ignition interlock device.
  • Second DUI in Five Years or Third DUI: Two years with an ignition interlock device.
  • Habitual Offender: Four years with an ignition interlock device, after serving one year and being approved for early reinstatement, after July 2000.

If you are convicted of drunk driving in Colorado and you refused to take a breath test when you were stopped, you may also be required to use an ignition interlock device if you refused on your second, third, or later conviction.

Losing your license or driving on a restricted license is a serious consequence of a Colorado drunk driving conviction. To challenge a Colorado DUI or DWAI charge, you need aggressive representation backed up with courtroom experience. The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. has the legal resources and practical experience needed to fight for the best possible outcome in your Colorado DUI/DWAI case. Call The Bussey Law Firm today at 719-475-2555 for a free and confidential case evaluation.

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