Felony DUI Bill Flounders in CO Senate

May 7, 2014

Colorado will continue being among the four states in the U.S. that doesn’t impose felony charges for certain DUI offenses, as the felony DUI bill making its way through the state legislature has recently been shut down. Officially known as House Bill 1036, the Colorado felony DUI bill has been making its way through the Colorado legislature since January 2014. If passed, this bill would have imposed Class 4 felony penalties on people who were convicted of DUI:

  • For a third time within 7 years
  • For a fourth time within their lifetime.

Effectively, this would have meant that a DUI conviction for a third or fourth offense could have resulted in up to 6 years in prison (along with other court-ordered penalties, such as expensive fines, alcohol education courses, community service, etc.).

The Colorado felony DUI bill that proposed Class 4 felony penalties for those with three or more DUI convictions has recently failed in the Senate.

The Colorado felony DUI bill that proposed Class 4 felony penalties for those with three or more DUI convictions has recently failed in the Senate.

Reasons for the Failure of the Colorado Felony DUI Bill

Although many legislators had expressed their support of instituting felony charges for people with multiple DUI convictions, the high costs of enforcement were one of the primary factors that led some to vote this measure down.

In fact, while the initial costs of enforcement associated with this bill were originally $3.4 million in the first year alone, even after the Senate judiciary committee made some amendments to the bill, the costs for enforcement in 2015 would still have reportedly been $1.6 million. By 2017, the projected costs of this bill would have exponentially increased, soaring to an estimated $11.6 million.

As Senator Nancy Todd, D-Aurora, explained, “On appropriations, we look at the numbers, and that is the toughest thing… I couldn’t vote for [the Colorado felony DUI bill] based on the cost that we didn’t have in the budget.”

Given how controversial and publicized this bill has been, it’s likely that another version will come before the Colorado legislature in the near future.

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