April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and this year it kicks off with Alcohol-Free Weekend from April 5-7, 2013. Alcohol-Free Weekend is a nationwide event sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), and its purpose is to encourage participants to spend three days seeking out clean and sober fun – no drinks.
Avoiding alcohol is the best way to avoid a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) in Colorado, which comes with penalties even if you’re not convicted. At the time an arrest is made, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles may suspend your driver’s license, making it difficult to get to work, run errands, pick up your children, or attend court dates. While you have the right to a hearing to get your license reinstated, the mere fact of the suspension can make life difficult.
People convicted of DUI in Colorado face heavier penalties. These include possible jail time, fines, required alcohol and/or substance abuse counseling, court costs and fees, and other penalties. They also include a continued suspension or revocation of your license.