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Denver Criminal Lawyer Explains Drivers’ License Suspensions

February 28, 2018

Whether you’ve had a few drinks or are stone-cold sober, getting stopped at a DUI checkpoint is always stressful. While the government will still need to prove that you’re guilty of driving under the influence, there’s always a chance that your license will be suspended pending your formal hearing. If you’ve never faced this challenge, you may not know what to expect and your Denver DUI defense attorney wants to make sure you’re prepared. Here’s what you can expect when your driver's’ license is suspended through the Department of Motor Vehicles.

What Qualifies You for Suspension

If you drive under the influence, the Department of Revenue, the branch responsible for overseeing drivers’ licenses in Colorado, will suspend your license when your blood alcohol content tests over the state’s limit. However, if you refuse to allow the officers to administer a blood alcohol test, your license may also be revoked, whether you were driving under the influence or not.

In the state of Colorado, a DUI is not the only way you can end up with a suspended license. In fact, if you have a history of driving infractions like speeding tickets, accidents, and even parking infractions that result in points on your license, you may end up having your license revoked. For adults over 21 years old, 12 points in 12 months or 18 in 24 months will earn you a suspension.

What to Do If You Have a Suspension

When the suspension is announced, the Department of Revenue will specify how long you’ll be without your license, pending your hearing. During this time, you will not be permitted to drive and if you’re caught behind the wheel, you could be facing much more severe punishment. Once the suspension is up, you’ll be eligible to petition for a license reinstatement, letting you get back behind the wheel legally.

If you’ve earned a point-related suspension or refused the blood alcohol test, you may need to take the driving test again before you can start the license reinstatement process. After an alcohol-related infraction, you’ll need to speak with the Department of Revenue to discuss the specific requirements for your case. The DMV may place certain restrictions on the license pending review of your case, such as installing a breathalyzer ignition switch, preventing the vehicle from starting if you’re inebriated.

Does It Have to Be Done In Person?

Though all driving and written tests do need to be performed in person at your local DMV, paying the reinstatement fees and filling out much of the relevant paperwork can be done online. Once everything has been processed and all reinstatement fees are paid, you’ll be able to get back behind the wheel.

If you’ve been charged with a DUI or other criminal offense, contact the Law Office of John L. Buckley, PC before speaking with the police. I’ll help you mount a strong defense and give you the fair representation you deserve. Schedule your free consultation now and get ahead before legal proceedings begin.