Once again, a Colorado felony DUI bill is being considered by state lawmakers, and the provisions and costs of this bill have generated some controversy. Here’s a look at the main issues:
Increased penalties for multiple DUIs – Currently, the Colorado felony DUI bill is proposing to allow prosecutors to file Class 4 felony charges for some cases involving a third DUI charge (i.e., when people have two prior DUI convictions and are facing DUI charges again) and for all cases involving a fourth DUI charge (i.e., when people have three prior DUI convictions and are facing DUI charges again).
In cases when ignition interlock devices are required, the term of this requirement would be extended from one to two years.
- Current lack of a Colorado DUI felony law – Proponents for the Colorado felony DUI bill have stressed the fact that Colorado is among the handful of states that currently lacks any options for filing felony DUI charges against repeat offenders.
- The effectiveness of incarceration versus rehabilitation – Some opponents of the Colorado felony DUI bill have pointed out that simply intensifying the penalties for multiple DUIs in Colorado will likely not resolve the underlying issues with these cases, namely the fact that alcoholism is usually a problem for repeat offenders.
Instead, such opposition is pointing to the need for options like rehabilitation and early intervention, rather than incarceration, and some are pushing for the Colorado felony DUI bill to be amended to include such options.
- The costs – Also generating some controversy are the high costs associated with this Colorado felony DUI bill. In fact, if passed, experts project that the costs of enforcing this bill would range from about $4 million to $13.5 million each year (with the state absorbing the majority of these costs).
The Current Status of the Colorado Felony DUI Bill
Currently, the Colorado felony DUI bill is proceeding through the Colorado House of Representatives, with its next stop being the House Finance Committee for further review and possible revisions. Whether this bill will end up making it into law remains to be seen, and we’ll continue to keep you updated about its progress as additional news becomes available.
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