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Attention Colorado drivers: Criminal charges exist below .08 BAC

Posted on August 3, 2018 in

Driving under the influence of alcohol proves extremely dangerous for you, other drivers and nearby pedestrians. To protect yourself from criminal charges, refraining from drinking and operating a vehicle is essential. Should you choose to drive after a few drinks, you must be aware of Colorado state’s laws.

If an officer pulls you over for suspicion of driving while drunk, he or she may arrest you even though you may breathalyze less than .08% BAC (the federal legal limit of bodily alcohol content to drive). A court may convict you, and you may face serious consequences. Understanding the details of specific laws for your state arms you with the knowledge in avoiding all charges.

Driving while ability impaired (DWAI)

In the United States, a court may convict individuals of a driving under the influence (DUI) charge at or above .08% BAC. Colorado’s individual laws prove stricter. If you blow over under .08% and above .05%, a court may convict you of being illegally impaired behind the wheel.

Driving while ability impaired (DWAI) charges bring consequences similar to DUI charges. If convicted, a misdemeanor will land on your record, and you may face significant fines and license suspension. DWAI charges fall the same category as DUI charges, so multiple offenses could mean a revoked license and jailtime.

What does .05% look like?

Nearly 60 people are arrested daily for impaired driving in Colorado. Depending on gender and body type, your alcohol level may significantly increase after only one or two drinks.

An adult weighing approximately 160 pounds may blow over .05% after only two or three drinks. Other factors of blowing higher BAC levels include:

  • Whether you consumed food
  • How many hours you have drank
  • The specific alcohol content of each drink

Because of your inability to know how alcohol will affect you based on these circumstances, it proves critical to avoid operating a vehicle after multiple drinks in Colorado. Should you be charged with a DWAI, seeking aid from an experienced attorney in hopes of reducing charges may aid you in rectifying your decision.