Getting arrested for DUI does not mean you will be convicted. Police misconduct, defective breathalyzers and crime lab mistakes may be enough to get your charges lessened or dismissed. Visit our page on Colorado DUI Laws to learn more.
Colorado DUI criminal fines are: $600 to $1,000 for a first offense. $600 to $1,500 for a second or third offense. And $2,000 to $500,000 for a subsequent offense.1 In addition, defendants may be ordered to pay several other courtfees and surcharges, such as for DUI School and probation supervision. In total, one DUI case could cost defendants several thousands of dollars by the time it is done.
What are the criminal fines for Colorado DUIs?
It depends on the specific offense and whether the defendant has any prior drunk/drugged driving-related convictions:
Deferred judgment/sentencing fee: $26 ($21 plus $5 surcharge)
Docket fees in county court: $26 ($21 plus $5 surcharge)
Docket fees in district court: $40 ($35 plus $5 surcharge)
Outstanding judgment or warrant cost: $30
Time payment fee: $25
Late payment fee: $10
Victim’s compensation costs in county court: $33
Victim’s compensation costs in district court: Up to $163
Victim’s assistance surcharge: Varies
Finally, there are all the other incidental costs of having a DUI/DWAI case. These could include:
Loss of wages from getting fired
Loss of wages from having to miss work for court
Loss of wages while being in jail or prison
Loss of wages from prospective employers who disqualify the defendant for having a DUI
Loss of scholarship money from being disqualified for the DUI
Disqualification from getting a professional license and the increased salary it would have brought
Public transportation and taxi costs while the defendant’s license is suspended
How do I reduce my DUI court fines?
The best chance for lessening or eliminating DUI court costs is to get the criminal charge reduced or dismissed. A criminal defense attorney will do a thorough investigation of the evidence in attempt to find all the “weak links” in the state’s case. It may be possible to raise a reasonable doubt as to the defendant’s guilt, especially if the police may have committed misconduct. And in practice, prosecutors are much more likely to extend a favorable plea offer to defendants who are represented by private counsel.
Michael Becker has over a quarter-century's worth of experience as an attorney and more than 100 trials under his belt. He is a sought-after legal commentator and is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Nevada, California, and Florida.