Everyone makes mistakes. Whether it’s having one beer too many at happy hour or misjudging your ability to drive after a night out, you may find yourself pulled over on suspicion of DUI. And that small mistake may suddenly seem a lot bigger and a lot more serious.

Some Colorado lawmakers are looking to make DUI proceedings even more serious with a new proposed law. The bill would significantly increase the penalty for some repeat DUI offenses, creating a felony DUI law. Currently, Colorado is one of five states without a felony DUI offense on the books.

The bill also calls for heightened jail time, mandatory probation and the imposition of an ignition interlock device and regular alcohol monitoring by a court for some offenders. It would also provide an option for some offenders to undergo alcohol treatment rather than spend time in prison.

Even without a felony DUI crime, Colorado state law provides for harsh penalties for impaired driving. Charges of DUI or driving while ability impaired (DWAI) can result in probation, community service, a fine, a victim impact panel, and possibly jail time

If you have been arrested on suspicion of DUI, criminal charges may follow shortly after so it is important to act quickly in order to preserve your rights. Consider contacting a criminal defense attorney with experience in cases involving impaired driving. He or she can work with you closely to get familiar with your case, protect your interests in and out of court and aggressively pursue the best possible result for you.

Source: The Denver Post, “Colorado needs felony DUI law,” Feb. 25, 2013