No, there is not a strict or specific lookback or washout period for DUIs in Colorado. This means effectively means that any DUI conviction incurred in Colorado over the course of a lifetime could be relevant in terms of future DUI cases and their potential penalties.
What Are Lookback or Washout Periods?
Lookback or washout periods refer to some period of time after which prior criminal offenses will not be considered to be “priors” if or when subsequent similar charges are filed. For instance, in some states, the washout periods may be 7 to 10 years, which could mean that new charges filed 11 years (or more) after the prior conviction would not necessarily invoke the charges or penalties for a subsequent offense.
In other words, that subsequent offense could be associated with the same charges as a first-time offense, depending on the circumstances.
Colorado DUI Lookback Periods: More Important Information
- DUIs within 5 years of each other: Although there is no official washout period for Colorado DUIs, two (or more) drunk driving charges acquired within five years of each other can be associated with harsher penalties. In other words, the five-year window is an important time frame in DUI cases that involve priors, as it could determine if or when harsher penalties (like more jail time or more expensive fines) may come into play).
- Out-of-state DUIs: In some cases, prior DUIs drivers have acquired in other states may count against them in Colorado for charges/sentencing purposes. For instance, when Colorado residents get DUIs in states that have adopted the Interstate Driver’s License Compact (IDLC), like Colorado has, the DUIs from those other states may be looked at if or when these drivers incur subsequent drunk driving charges in Colorado.
- When priors are older: While there is no washout period for Colorado DUIs, it is important to point out that the older DUIs are, the greater the chances may be that these priors will not be used to enhance charges or possible sentencing options. This will usually come down to the discretion of the court, however, and an experienced attorney can be pivotal in these situations.
Contact a Colorado Springs DUI Lawyer at Kohn Law Firm
Have you or a loved one been charged with a DUI in Colorado? If so, a Colorado Springs DUI lawyer at Kohn Law Firm is ready to aggressively defend your rights and help you bring your case to a successful resolution.
At Kohn Law Firm, we believe that our clients deserve exceptional service, ethical treatment and aggressive representation. That’s why we are here to help you navigate the complexities of an intricate criminal justice system, minimize the negative impacts on you and your family, and ultimately help you protect your freedom and future.
To learn more about how we can help you, set up a free initial consultation with us by calling us at (719) 328-9555 or by emailing us using the contact form at the top of this page. From our offices in Colorado Springs, we represent clients throughout the Pikes Peak region and Colorado.