Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputy facing potential jail time for third DUI offense

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PUEBLO, Colo. — A Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputy could face jail time after he was arrested for his third DUI offense.

According to court documents, Deputy Daniel Claus was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving in Huerfano County. The incident took place on June 5, 2021, making it Claus’ third DUI in Colorado. He was convicted in Teller County for driving under the influence in 2006 and once again in El Paso County months later.

“It doesn’t necessarily matter where the person works but obviously there could be consequences for picking up criminal offense if you’re in a civil position,” DUI Defense Attorney Tim Bussey said.

It is important to note that The Bussey Law Firm is not representing Claus in this criminal matter. However, Bussey says, if found guilty, Claus could face a minimum of 60 days in jail.

“The minimum jail time on a third offense is sixty days,” Bussey said. “The legislator enacted that so that if you’re on your third and convicted, you can get sixty days in jail.”

Bussey told FOX21 that Colorado does not have a notification process that lets an employer know when someone has been charged with a DUI offense.

“A person on their third offense when they get probation, in addition to the jail, they will have one year of jail suspended,” Bussey explained. “Meaning if they don’t comply with probation, they have one year in jail hanging over their head and if they don’t comply with probation they will be sentenced to mandatory one year in jail.”

In a statement to FOX21, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office said, “We took action immediately when we were contacted by Huerfano County. The deputy is on leave as we continue an investigation by our office and allow him due process.”

FOX21 will update this story as more information is released.

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