Ignition Interlock | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

The following is from the Colorado Department of Revenue – Division of Motor Vehicles:

Repeat alcohol offenders are required to have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle(s) before they can reinstate their driving privileges.  Reinstated licenses are restricted to the use of vehicles equipped with an approved ignition interlock device for a period of at least one year.

You will be required to have an approved ignition interlock device if:

  • Your license was revoked because of convictions for two alcohol-related driving offenses in five years.
  • Your license was revoked because of convictions for three alcohol-related driving offenses in your lifetime.
  • Your license was revoked because of your being designated an Habitual Traffic Offender and at least one of your underlying convictions was for an alcohol-related driving offense.

And

  • Your last offense occurred after 07/01/2000
  • Your blood alcohol level at the time of being stopped by a law enforcement officer was 0.17 or more. (For all stops after 01/01/2007.)

Drivers who fall into this category will be allowed to reinstate only with a restricted license that limits their driving to vehicles with an approved ignition interlock device.

Interlock paperwork can be faxed to 303-205-5625.

Colorado has contracted with the following four Interlock providers. Please contact one of them for further information. The restricted driver is responsible for all of the costs of the Ignition Interlock Device.

Interlock Providers:

Smart Start, Inc.
1-800-880-3394
Westminster, CO 80030

National Interlock Services Ltd.
1-800-475-5490
Aurora, CO 80011

Guardian Interlock Systems
1-800-499-0994
Denver, CO 80022

Draeger Safety Diagnostics, Inc.
1-800-332-6858
Denver CO 80216

Knowledge Center:

Ignition Interlock Program Brochure

Restricted License Ignition Interlock Agreement Affidavit

Parole | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

Parole is not probation

Parole is the supervised release of a prisoner before the completion of their prison sentence.  Parole should not be confused with probation.  A person placed on parole serves the remainder of a sentence outside of prison, whereas probation is given instead of a prison sentence. 

Nonetheless, many of the conditions of parole mimic those of traditional probation.  A parolee will be required to report to a parole officer, maintain steady employment, avoid drugs and alcohol, or any other conditions required by the state.

Violations of parole conditions may result in revocation of parole status.  This means that a parolee will be ordered back to prison to serve the remainder of the sentence behind bars.

There is no parole in the federal system

A prisoner must serve the entire length of any federal sentence imposed, minus any “good-time” received by the Bureau of Prisons.  After a sentence is completed, a prisoner will be placed on supervised release for a period of time. 

Supervised release is not probation or parole; however, the judge will impose specific conditions of supervised release that are similar to probation and parole.

Violations of supervised release are treated as new offenses.

What’s at stake? Penalties for Drunk Driving / DUI / DWAI / Vehicular Assault / Vehicular Homicide | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

Besides license suspension, a conviction for drunk driving carries heavy penalties, fines, multiple surcharges, and a laundry list of fees.

Penalties for Drunk Driving / DUI / DWAI / Vehicular Assault / Vehicular Homicide

Charge Incarceration Parole Fine
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) 5 days – 1 year, or probation None $600 – $1K
2nd DUI 90 days – 1 year, or probation None $1K – $1500
Driving While Abilities Impaired (DWAI) 2 – 180 days, or probation None $200 – $500
2nd DWAI 45 days – 1 year, or probation None $600 – $1K
Vehicular Assault (recklessly cause serious bodily injury to another) 1 – 3 years 2 years $1K – $100K
Vehicular Assault (intoxicated and cause serious bodily injury to another) 2 – 6 years 2 years $2K – $500K
Vehicular Homicide (recklessly cause serious death of another) 2 – 6 years 2 years $2K – $500K
Vehicular Homicide (intoxicated and cause death of another) 4 – 12 years 5 years $3K – $750K

What is the punishment for a firearms or weapons charge? | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

What is the punishment for a firearms or weapons charge?

Type Class Incarceration Parole Fine
Carrying a concealed weapon / unlawful possession of weapons Class 2 Misdemeanor* 3 – 12 months None $250 – $1,000
Defacing a firearm Class 1 Misdemeanor** 6 – 18 months None $500 – $5,000
Possession of illegal weapon Class 1 Misdemeanor 6 – 18 months None $500 – $5,000
Possession of dangerous weapon Class 5 Felony*** 1 – 3 years 2 years $1,000 – $100,000

* Class 6 felony if at a school, college or university, unless an exception applies.

** You may also face federal charges.

*** Class 4 felony for subsequent violations.

The law is very strict and there are enhanced punishments for repeat offenders.  Additionally, convicted felons charged with possession of weapons face extremely harsh sentences.  It is imperative that you contact our offices today so we may begin fighting for your freedom!

If I do not want to fight the charge, is jail the only option? | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

No, there are many options available.  Depending on your criminal background, employment history, and references, you may be eligible for a variety of sentencing options.

What is the punishment for theft? | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

Punishment ranges for theft can be confusing, and are directly linked to the value of the property you are accused of stealing.  Value is determined by retail value or sales price of the item.

Value Class Incarceration Parole Fine
Less than $500.00 Class 2 Misdemeanor 3 months – 12 months None $250 – $1,000
$500.00 – $999.99 Class 1 Misdemeanor 6 months – 18 months None $500 – 5,000
$1,000.00 – $19,999.99 Class 4 Felony 2 – 6 years 3 year of parole $2,000 – $500,000
$20,000.00 + Class 3 Felony 4 – 12 years 5 year of parole $3,000 – $750,000

If I do not want to fight the charge, is jail the only option? | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

No, there are many options available.  Depending on your criminal background, employment history, and references, you may be eligible for a variety of sentencing options.

I’m innocent, but I just want to resolve this quickly and quietly. | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

Facing this type of crime prevents you from qualifying for deferred prosecution, and requires enrollment and attendance in specific treatments.  Even if you are granted probation or deferred sentencing, you will not be allowed to live in your own home if your accuser still resides there.

Domestic Violence | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

Domestic Violence Defense Starts Here

Approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States.  Law enforcement officials have responded to this in creating very strict laws for domestic violence.  Often times, the police are in such a hurry to separate the parties and figure out what happened that there is a rush to judgment…and it’s done at your expense.

I did not do what they’re saying—this is all a lie!

I didn’t even touch my accuser. How is this domestic violence?

I own my house (or hold the lease), so I should not have to go.

I’m innocent, but I just want to resolve this quickly and quietly.

This was self-defense…what now?

If I do not want to fight the charge, is jail the only option?

Call the Law Offices of ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ today and let us start fighting for your rights!

Assault Punishment | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

Punishment ranges for assault can be confusing, and are directly linked to the facts and circumstances surrounding the event.

Type Class Incarceration Parole Fine
First Degree Assault Class 3 Felony* 4 – 12 years 5 years $3,000 – $750,000
Second Degree Assault Class 4 Felony** 2 – 6 years 3 years $2,000 – $500,000
Third Degree Assault Class 1 Misdemeanor 1 – 3 years 2 years $1,000 – $100,000
Menacing Class 3 Misdemeanor*** 6 months None $50 – $750

* Class 5 felony if assault is committed as a result of sudden passion or a highly provoking act.

** Class 6 felony if assault is committed as a result of sudden passion or a highly provoking act.  Class 3 felony if serious bodily injury results.

*** Class 5 felony if use or display a deadly weapon, or represent that you are armed with a deadly weapon.

Certain offenses carry mandatory sentences that are different than those listed here.  You need an attorney who can investigate and challenge the government’s evidence.  It is very important that you contact the Law Offices of ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ today to discuss your case.