2nd DUI Offense Lawyer in Denver Colorado

Facing a second DUI charge can be considerably more stressful than your first, given the increased penalties and consequences.  

Attorney Chris Cessna is a certified DUI defense expert and has championed Colorado clients' rights for over twenty years. He stands out as the only defense attorney in the state with NHTSA certification to instruct on the administration of standardized field sobriety tests.

This unique qualification gives him a competitive advantage when defending his clients against DUI charges, as he thoroughly understands the testing process and exposes any potential flaws that could result in wrongful convictions.  

The Law Office of Christopher H. Cessna offers expert DUI defense services across Denver, Jefferson County, Douglas County, Boulder County, Arapahoe County, and Adams County. Contact the firm today to schedule a free consultation and learn how Attorney Chris Cessna can provide you with the best possible defense for a second DUI offense. 

Colorado DUI Laws and Penalties for Second-Time Offenders

Colorado's DUI laws are both stringent and comprehensive, ensuring that drivers are held accountable for impaired driving. In Colorado, you are officially considered "under the influence" if your blood or breath alcohol content (BAC) is 0.080 or greater.  

However, it's important to note that charges can still be filed even if your BAC is below this threshold, particularly if you exhibit signs of impairment. The state also enforces strict consequences for refusing to submit to a chemical test; refusal can lead to a DUI charge if there are clear indicators of impairment.  

The definition of DUI extends beyond motorized vehicles to include non-motorized ones, such as bicycles. Substantial incapability of safely operating any vehicle can result in a DUI conviction, highlighting the state's commitment to maintaining road safety. 

First-time DUI convictions have their fair share of consequences. But a second DUI conviction in Colorado comes with even harsher penalties.  

Don’t Risk Your Future

Administrative vs. Criminal Consequences

When facing a second DUI offense, it's crucial to understand the distinction between administrative and criminal consequences, as both have significant implications. 

Handled by the Colorado Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), administrative consequences focus specifically on your driving privileges. For a second DUI offense, the penalties are notably harsher.

Following your arrest, you will receive a notice of revocation, which can lead to the immediate suspension of your driver's license. You must request a DMV hearing within seven days to contest this suspension. If you fail to do so, your license will be automatically suspended for at least one year.

Additionally, reinstating your driving privileges typically requires the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) and the completion of an alcohol education or treatment program. 

The criminal aspects of a second DUI charge are processed through the court system and encompass a broader range of penalties. During your court appearances, you may face charges that include extensive fines, mandatory jail time, longer probation periods, and community service.  

The specifics can vary based on the details of your case, but typical criminal penalties for a second DUI conviction in Colorado can include: 

  • Fines: Up to $1,500

  • Jail time: Ten days to one year in county jail, often with mandatory minimum sentences

  • License suspension: Increased to one year, separate from administrative suspension

  • Community service: 48 to 120 hours

  • Probation: Up to four years

  • Alcohol education: Completion of level II alcohol education and therapy programs

  • Ignition interlock device: Mandatory installation on your vehicle for two years

With substantial experience in DUI defense, Attorney Chris Cessna will help you develop a comprehensive defense strategy tailored to the particulars of your case. He explores all avenues for reduced sentencing, alternative punishments, or even dismissal of charges by identifying procedural mistakes or advocating for treatment programs. 

Individualized Defense Strategies

The Law Office of Christopher H. Cessna prides itself on delivering personalized legal counsel that addresses each client's unique circumstances. Unlike larger firms, where clients may feel like just another case number, Attorney Chris Cessna ensures you receive the attention you deserve.

He takes the time to understand your situation fully, investigate all potential defense strategies and compassionately guide you through the legal process with respect and empathy. 

Many believe that a second DUI charge leaves them no option but to plead guilty. However, numerous factors can influence the veracity of the charges against you, including errors in the administration of field sobriety tests, breathalyzer tests, and blood tests. 

Drawing on over two decades of experience and a range of certifications, Attorney Chris Cessna has established a formidable reputation for effective DUI defense. His certification as a DUI defense specialist has enabled numerous clients to protect their rights and achieve favorable outcomes. 

Facing a second DUI charge is stressful enough; finding the right criminal defense attorney shouldn't add to that burden. The Law Office of Christopher H. Cessna offers free, no-obligation consultations where Attorney Chris Cessna will review your case, ask pertinent questions, and discuss potential defense strategies to ensure the best possible outcome. 

Second DUI Offense Lawyer in Denver, Colorado

Do not let a second DUI charge define your future. Trust a DUI lawyer with over 20 years of trial experience. The sooner you seek legal assistance, the better your chances of achieving a positive outcome. Contact the Law Office of Christopher H. Cessna for a free consultation and put his expertise to work for you.

With his proven track record and individualized approach, Attorney Chris Cessna can help you navigate these challenging times. Reach out today for unmatched DUI defense services in Denver, Colorado.