Depending on the facts and circumstances surrounding the arrest and charge of a person for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) in the State of Colorado, there may be the opportunity to include alternative sentencing. These alternative sentences are a way for those convicted of a DUI charge to avoid serving out traditional prison or jail sentences. If you were arrested and charged with a DUI in Colorado, learn more about your possible options for alternative sentencing.

Examples of Alternative Sentencing

There are several different types of alternative sentencing in the State of Colorado for those charged and convicted with a DUI, including the following:

  • Probation
  • House arrest
  • Alcohol education or treatment centers
  • Work release options or furlough
  • Serving a jail sentence only over the weekends

When Can a Person Obtain Alternative Sentencing?

The facts and circumstances of your specific DUI arrest will greatly impact your ability to receive possible alternative sentencing. For example, a judge, prosecuting attorney and/or court will take the following into consideration when determination if you have the ability to receive alternative sentencing:

  • Is this your first DUI?
  • Were there any aggravating circumstances involved with the DUI, including injuries to others or significant property damage?
  • Do you have a clean criminal record?
  • Did you have a relatively low blood alcohol concentration (BAC)?
  • Are you a risk to public safety?

Answers to these questions will help a prosecuting attorney or judge make a determination whether or not you qualify to receive alternative sentencing. It is important to note that even if you have a prior DUI, you may still qualify for alternative sentencing. In some cases, certain individuals that express an extreme desire to receive alcohol treatments may be provided the opportunity to receive alternative sentencing even if they have a prior DUI. Visiting with an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you understand your legal rights given your specific facts and circumstances.

Important Considerations Regarding Alternative Sentencing

If you are granted alternative sentencing for your DUI, you must take it very seriously. If you fail to fulfill the alternative sentencing stipulations, you may be immediately remanded to prison or jail or face other serious consequences. Simply receiving alternative sentencing does not mean that you do not have a serious obligation to fulfill your sentencing requirements.

Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney

A DUI charge in the State of Colorado is extremely serious and consequences can include severe fines and jail time. If you want to attempt to avoid these more serious sentences, you should look for an opportunity to work with a prosecuting attorney to either reduce your charges or penalties resulting in alternative sentencing for your Colorado DUI. An experienced defense attorney will be able to successfully accomplish plea bargaining with the prosecuting attorney and attempt to reduce your sentencing to alternative sentencing options.

If you are facing a DUI charge in the State of Colorado, contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at The Moorhead Law Group at 303-447-1400 or online today to discuss your legal options and your next steps.