A DUI conviction can cost you more than your driver’s license, it can cost you your job. Many companies do background checks on prospective employees, and some can check back as far as 10 years. If you are currently employed and are accused or convicted of a DUI, your employer could terminate your employment or suspend you from any duties involving driving.
Your next trip to Canada may end up being a humiliating and embarrassing experience if you have a DUI conviction on your record. You should consult with a qualified Colorado DUI attorney if you have a DUI on your driving record and plan on going to Canada (or any other country). Your attorney can advise you as to certain legalities pertaining to who is allowed to enter into Canada, who can be excluded from entry, how to overcome exclusion and whether a person who is ineligible for rehabilitation can still enter Canada.
A seasoned Colorado DUI knows how field sobriety tests are used in court, and he can make sure that all field sobriety tests are performed according to the law and hold accountable any officer who does otherwise. A DUI attorney can also make sure that chemical tests are done properly, and he can check for any errors in the data, the latter of which can result in your DUI conviction being thrown out if uncovered.
In 2006, MADD joined forces with traffic safety advocates, the government and members of the automotive industry to create a panel to support and encourage the development of new technology that would prevent drivers from operating a vehicle if drunk. What resulted from this alliance was the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS). The DADSS program aims to research, develop and demonstrate non-invasive alcohol detection technology that can quickly measure a driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC). This technology offers the potential to prevent vehicles from being operated when a driver’s BAC exceeds legal limits.
Electronic monitoring allows a DUI offender to serve his jail sentence at his home instead of behind bars. For repeat offenders, however, electronic monitoring is often administered in addition to jail time. It also does not negate any fines or license suspensions in either case.
According to the DUI Foundation, 61 percent of third-time DUI offenders and 32 percent of suspended second-time DUI offenders received citations or violations while driving with a suspended license. Imposing vehicle sanctions can keep these drivers off the road or limit the use of their vehicle for a specified period of time.
In some states, repeat DUI offenders may be given a chance to clean up their act by a court-ordered stay in a sober living environment that will possibly reduce or replace jail time or fees.
As of 2008, Colorado DUI law requires ignition interlock devices (IID) be installed on vehicles belonging to drivers with subsequent DUI convictions as a prerequisite to driver licenses reinstatement. Drivers who drive a car not equipped with an IID or attempt to circumvent the functioning of the device face losing their driver’s license and driving privileges for 1 year.