PERMITTED BLOOD ALCOHOL CONTENT (BAC) LIMITS
According to Colorado law, drivers in Colorado Springs can be booked for DUI if tests show their BAC levels to be 0.08% or higher. If the BAC level is below 0.08%, but over 0.05%, the driver can be charged with DWAI or driving while ability impaired. These limits apply to drivers over the age of 21 years.
For drivers younger than 21, the law is far more stringent, with BAC levels over 0.02% resulting in DUI charges. The underage driver may still be charged with DUI if tests indicate BAC levels are anywhere between 0.49% and 0.02%. Refusing to submit to the test may hint that you are conscious of your impaired ability and, in fact, refusal can result in a DUI charge if the officer has enough cause to believe that your driving ability is impaired. Even when your BAC test shows a below 0.05% level, you can still be charged with DWAI if the officer has cause to believe this is true.
At Kris Miller Law, we know that the numbers and facts surrounding BAC legal limits can be confusing. Rest assured that we are her to help in any way.
DUID (DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS) DEFENSES
Unlike DUI offenses where the driving ability is inhibited by alcohol, DUID charges are not dependent on the level of the drug in your blood. If the state of Colorado can prove that the driver was impaired to the slightest degree by the effect of any drug, a conviction may result. For marijuana, the state has a permissible limit of 5mg of THC in 100 ml of blood. A driver who appears to be affected by the drug but refuses to take the test will be charged with DUID. Your Colorado Springs defense attorney is here to help in the understanding of DUID laws and limits.
For additional information pertaining to DUI and DUID charges, please visit: http://dui.drivinglaws.org/colorado.php