Colorado drunk driving laws make it illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In addition to operating under the influence, Colorado drunk driving laws also make it illegal to operate a motor vehicle while a persons ability to drive is impaired by alcohol or drugs.
The (2) Colorado 'drunk driving' offenses are referred to as DUI 42-4-1301(1)(a) C.R.S. and DWAI 42-4-1301(1)(b) C.R.S. In addition Colorado also has another offense that is charged along with 1 of the other offenses. The additional charge is known as the DUI 'per se' law 42-4-1301(2)(a) C.R.S. There are two ways in which the prosecution can prove DUI or DWAI;
A DUI under Colorado drunk driving laws will bring both administrative penalties (actions the DMVwill take against your Colorado drivers license) and criminal penalties such as court imposed fines, community service, and jail time. The court system punishments can sometimes be reduced or pleaded down by cooperating with treatment programs etc... but the administrative penalties cannot be changed.
An alcohol or drug-related offense can be reduced to a non-alcohol or drug-related offense if the prosecuting attorney notifies the court that a prima facie case could not be established
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