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What Happens To Me If I Drive under Restraint?

b2ap3 thumbnail BLOG DUI Are blood breath and urine tests reliable PHOTOIf your license is revoked and you are caught driving, you will likely be charged with DUR (driving under restraint). However, if your license has been revoked due to a DUI or DWAI, you can be charged with a more severe form of DUR known as a DUR-Alc – driving while under an alcohol-related restraint. The penalties for this crime can be devastating.

In Colorado a first-time DUR-Alc carries with it a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 days in jail, but if you are found guilty you can spend up to one year in jail and be fined anywhere from $500 to $1,000. In terms of your driver’s license, a conviction for DUR-Alc will also lead to another year of driver’s license revocation, at a minimum.

If you are found guilty of a second DUR-Alc, you can spend anywhere from 90 days to two years in county jail. Fines jump to the $500-$3,000 range with additional DMV consequences. If your second DUR-Alc occurred less than five years of your first conviction, you can lose your driver’s license for an additional four years – making it difficult to get to work, buy groceries or take the kids to school.

If you commit a DUR-Alc due to an emergency, the mandatory minimum jail sentence no longer applies but the Court can still decide to sentence you to jail time.

The penalties for DUR-Alc are serious and rapidly escalate. Because of this, you need a strong defender to keep yourself out of jail. Contact a Denver drunk driving attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case.

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