Can I Refute My Colorado DUI License Suspension?
If you’ve been charged with a driving offense involving alcohol and/or drugs, and have subsequently had your license suspended or revoked, you must go through a process of reinstatement to have your driving privileges reinstated. Each license suspension or revocation has its own conditions, and to apply to have your license restored, those conditions must be met.
The following offenses will lead to a license suspension:
- DUI (driving under the influence)
- DUI per se
- DUID (driving under the influence of drugs)
- DUI of marijuana
- Excess BAC CDL (excess blood alcohol content, commercial drivers license)
- UDD (underage drinking and driving)
- Chemical test refusal
- The accumulation of too many points on your Colorado DMV driving record.
Each of these offenses carries with it a different time frame for how long you will be without your license. For a DUI, for example, the minimum period of license suspension for a first-time offense is 9 months. For a UDD, for example, the minimum time of license suspension for a first-time offense is 3 months.
Each offense carries a different associated time frame for how long your license will be suspended, and for second or repeat offenses the time frame increases.
If you have found yourself in a position in which you have been charged with a driving offense involving alcohol and/or drugs, then it’s important to know that you can apply to have your license reinstated before the allotted time-frame of your license suspension plays out.
When can you apply to have your license reinstated?
Each charge brings with it different rules for how long your license will be suspended and how long you will have to wait before you can apply to have your license reinstated.
For example: If you are over the age of 21 and are facing a license revocation for a DUI then you can apply to have your license reinstated 1 month after your license revocation period began. On the other hand, if you refused a chemical test and your license was revoked then you can apply to have your license reinstated 2 months after your license revocation period began.
Each charge has a set of different rules, and you can use the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles website to calculate exactly when you can apply to have your license reinstated.
How can you apply to have your license reinstated?
You can apply to have your license reinstated online, in person (at a full service driver license office), or by mail—go here to see details on each of these application avenues.
The conditions that come when your revoked license is being reinstated vary from case to case, however most reinstated licenses include the condition that you must install an Ignition Interlock Device into your vehicle for a set period of time (dependent on your offense and original license suspension time).