Experienced, Aggressive Telluride DUI Lawyer

DUI arrests and charges can jeopardize everything from your driving privileges and career to your reputation and freedom. Following a DUI arrest, take action to protect your rights and effectively defend yourself by contacting Trusted Telluride DUI Attorney Jon R. Fee.

Mr. Fee has the experience and insight to determine and present the best available DUI defense arguments, based on the unique aspects of your case. Whether you are facing DUI charges for a first or subsequent time, you can rely on Attorney Jon R. Fee for extraordinary defense representation and the best possible resolution to your case.

Arrested for a DUI? 

Call (970) 335-9278 or Email the Law Office of Jon R. Fee, LLC  For a Free, Confidential Consultation

Attorney Jon R. Fee is always available to discuss your situation and provide you with exceptional defense representation. While the firm’s office hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, Mr. Fee is available evenings and weekends to meet and defend clients. He can meet you at jail (following an arrest) or another location (if you have lost your license due to a DUI arrest).

Colorado DUI Laws: The Legal Limits for Different Types of Motorists

In terms of establishing the legal limits for drivers, Colorado DUI laws are similar to those in many other states across the U.S. in that they set forth a(n):

  • Zero tolerance policy for underage drivers – Motorists younger than 21 can face DUI charges if they are suspected to have blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) as low as 0.02.
  • 04 BAC limit for holders of commercial drivers’ licenses (CDLs) – These legal limits apply to CDL holders regardless of whether they are operating commercial or passenger vehicles.
  • 08 BAC limit for holders of standard drivers’ licenses – BACs as low as 0.05 can result in driving while ability impaired (DWAI) charges for this group of motorists.

What to Expect after a DUI Arrest: Two DUI Cases

When drivers have been arrested for an alleged DUI, they will face two independent cases, as detailed in the following table.

Type of DUI Case

Where It Takes Place When It Occurs Potential Outcomes

Administrative DUI Case

Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Upon request, as long as the request is made within 7 days of the DUI arrest;

To request a DUI DMV hearing in CO, call

(303) 205-5613.

Retaining or losing driving privileges & points added to the driving record

Criminal DUI Case Colorado Criminal Court System Depends on the court’s schedule

Dismissal of charges, acquittal, plea deal or guilty verdict

When it comes to the administrative DUI case versus the criminal DUI case, it’s critical to understand that:

  • If chemical testing was refused during the DUI stop, a driver’s license suspension (of at least one year) will automatically take effect, without the need for the DMV DUI case.
  • Any driver’s license suspension or revocation resulting from the DMV DUI case will remain in effect regardless of whether the criminal case ends in a dismissal of charges or an acquittal.

Potential Penalties for Colorado DUIs

Colorado DUI penalties will depend on the details of a particular case, including (but not necessarily restricted to) whether:

  • The accused individual has any prior DUI convictions – If so, harsher penalties can be applied, particularly if the prior DUI conviction occurred within the past five years.
  • The DUI involved any aggravating factors – These can include accidents, injuries or death arising from the alleged DUI.

The table below reveals the DUI penalties typically associated with first-time and subsequent DUI cases.

DUI Offense

Level of the Charge Potential Incarceration
(with mandatory minimums)
Fines Probation or Parole Term

Additional Possible Penalties

1st DUI (Underage)

Class A Traffic Infraction None $100


  • Up to 24 hours community service (CS)

1st DUI
(for Drivers 21 & Over)

Misdemeanor 5 days to 1 year (none) Up to $1,000

Up to 2 years

  • Up to 96 hours CS
  • Alcohol education classes
  • At least 8 months of  an ignition interlock device (IID)

2nd DUI
(within 5 Years of Prior DUI)


10 days to 1 year (10 consecutive days)

Up to $1,500

Up to 4 years

  • Up to 120 hours CS
  • Alcohol education classes
  • 2 years of  an IID

2nd DUI
(6+ Years after Prior DUI)

10 days to 1 year

(10 days)

3rd DUI

Misdemeanor 60 days to 2 years (60 consecutive days) Up to $1,500

Up to 4 years

  • Up to 120 hours CS
  • Alcohol education classes
  • 5 year drivers’ license revocation (for offenses within 7 years of each other)

4th DUI

Felony 2 to 6 years in prison $2,000 to $500,000

At least 3 years

  • Up to 120 hours CS
  • Alcohol education classes
  • Alcohol treatment program
  • Driver’s license revocation (term can vary)

Please note that any of the following can be counted as a prior DUI case when it’s time to file subsequent charges and/or determine penalties for a subsequent DUI conviction:

  • A prior DWAI or wet reckless conviction – While DWAI and wet reckless charges are less serious than DUI charges, DWAIs and wet reckless convictions will typically count as prior DUIs if the convicted person is ever accused of drunk driving again in the future.
  • A DUI conviction from another state – Colorado, along with most U.S. states, is part of the Interstate Driver’s License Compact, an agreement between states to share information regarding motorists’ DUI convictions.
  • Any prior DUI conviction in Colorado – There is no “washout” or “lookback” period in Colorado, so any previous DUI conviction (even those from decades or longer ago) can count as a prior.

How to Build a Strong DUI Defense Case

While DUI charges are serious and the potential penalties can be distressing, it’s essential for those accused of a Colorado DUI to remember that:

  • DUI convictions are NOT foregone conclusions of DUI charges.
  • There can be many options for fighting DUI charges.
  • The sooner that those accused of DUIs partner with an experienced defense attorney, like Telluride DUI Attorney Jon R. Fee, the sooner they will have an effective advocate in their corner, helping them set their case up for the best outcome possible.

Mr. Fee is ready to discuss the details of your DUI arrest and case and explain your best options for fighting the charges. While you can find out more about your defense options in a no-cost, confidential consultation, in general, some of the most effective defense strategies for fighting DUI charges can include arguing that:

  • There was no probable cause for the traffic stop or the DUI arrest.
  • Procedural mistakes were made during the DUI stop.
  • The rights of the accused were violated during or after the DUI stop.
  • The field sobriety test results and/or the chemical test results are unreliable, questionable or inaccurate.

Contact Experienced Telluride DUI Attorney Jon R. Fee

Call (970) 335-9278 or Email the Firm for a Free, Confidential Consultation.

Strategic, relentless and dedicated, Attorney Jon R. Fee is a skilled trial lawyer with prior experience as a prosecutor. This empowers him with ability to anticipate the prosecution’s game plan, help his clients take the right steps at every phase of their case and, ultimately, help the accused successfully navigate the criminal justice system.

Telluride DUI Lawyer Jon R. Fee is licensed to practice in the states of Colorado and Maryland, as well as in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. Mr. Fee’s record of extraordinary defense representation and success in DUI (and other criminal) cases has earned him a 5-star rating on Facebook.