DENVER—Today, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed House Bill 1288. The bill, sponsored by Representative Lori Saine (R-Firestone), closes a loophole that has allowed some Colorado judges to sentence people convicted of four or more DUIs to only probation. Currently, a third DUI conviction carries a mandatory 60-day jail sentence. However, according to a Denver Post report last September, about 1 in 12 felony DUI convictions has resulted in only probation.
“No one could have imagined that a person convicted of a fourth DUI would not even spend one night in jail,” said Saine. “This inconsistent sentencing is violating the spirit of the felony DUI law we passed two years ago, and I am pleased to see such strong bipartisan support for this good public safety legislation.”