You might be able to guess what a persistent drunk driver is, but this is actually a legal term in the State of Colorado. As such, it has specific characteristics that define who is considered a “persistent drunk driver” by law.
- Multiple convictions. You’ve had two or more alcohol-related driving offenses
- Refusal of BAC tests. You wrongfully refused to participate in required alcohol/chemical testing, which may have included breath, urine, blood, or saliva
- Driving while severely intoxicated. You were found to have a BAC of 0.15 percent or more while behind the wheel or within two hours of driving
- Driving with a suspended license. You were caught driving after your driving privileges had been suspended due to an alcohol-related offense
Costs Associated with Persistent Drunk Driver Charges
If you’re designated as a persistent drunk driver (“PDD”) in Colorado, you’ll lose your right to drive and be forced to pay substantial penalties, including the following:
- Completing a level II alcohol and drug education and treatment program
- Installing an interlock device on your vehicle, which you must maintain for two years
- Providing proof of financial responsibility by way of SR-22 insurance coverage for at least two years
Persistent Drunk Driving Under Colorado State Law
Colorado will impose a persistent drunk driving fine on a first offense if your test result was over 0.15. We get so many calls from people complaining that they are being gouged by the State. You are being gouged by the State the problem here is the legislature just mis-named the Statute. It should be called “Prior DUI or Over 0.15 on 1st Offense Fine.”
“Persistent drunk driver” means under Colorado Revised Statute 42-1-102 (68.5) any person who has been convicted of or had his or her driver’s license revoked for two or more alcohol-related driving violations; who continues to drive after a driver’s license or driving privilege restraint has been imposed for one or more alcohol-related driving offenses;
or who drives a motor vehicle while the amount of alcohol in such person’s blood, as shown by analysis of the person’s blood or breath, was 0.15 or more grams of alcohol per one hundred milliliters of blood or 0.15 or more grams of alcohol per two hundred ten liters of breath at the time of driving or within two hours after driving. Nothing in this subsection (68.5) shall be interpreted to affect the penalties imposed under this title for multiple alcohol- or drug-related driving offenses, including, but not limited to, penalties imposed for violations under sections 42-2-125 (1) (g) and (1) (i) and 42-2-202 (2).
Do you need help fighting a persistent drunk driving designation? It’s not impossible to overcome a PDD charge, but you certainly don’t want to fight this battle alone. To avoid the substantial fines and penalties you could be facing, you need an experienced Colorado DUI attorney on your side. Act quickly because some aspects of a PDD charge are time-sensitive. For instance, you only have seven days to request a Colorado DMV hearing to protect your driving privileges.
If you or someone you know is facing PDD charges, contact the law offices of M. Colin Bresee. He and his team represent clients accused of DUIs, DWAIs, UDDs and other driving offenses in Colorado.