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DUI will do you in, as Colorado cracks down with tougher sentencing

Felony DUI filings in 2016

Eagle County: 24

Garfield County: 22

Summit County: 16

Pitkin County: 2

Source: Colorado Judicial Branch

First DUI costs $13K

If you’re convicted of a first-time DUI, you can expect to spend at least 170 hours dealing with the consequences, said Christine Flavia, manager of the DUI Services Program at the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health.

A first-time DUI in Colorado now costs an average of $13,530 in legal fees, time and lost wages Flavia said in a written statement.

The average first-time DUI offense requires 76 combined hours of alcohol and drug education and therapy classes, and you can only take two hours of classes per week. This means an individual will need to take weekly classes for nine months.

The average DUI also requires you to drive with an ignition interlock-restricted license for two years. At least once every 60 days, drivers must schedule a download of their ignition interlock device so an interlock service provider can send data to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Additionally, the DUI case could mean monthly visits with a probation officer for 18 months.

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