Colorado has very stiff DUI laws. Licenses can be revoked even after a first offense. The revocation period of a first offense is 9 months.
If you are caught driving under the influence again within a five-year period, your license will be revoked for a year. If it happens a third time, you can only apply for reinstatement after two years have passed.
If you’ve been convicted of DUI in Colorado and had your license suspended, you’re probably wondering what you will have to do to have it reinstated. It is important that you understand the steps required, and that you reach out to an experienced DUI defense attorney for professional help.
Applying for an Interlock Restricted License
Depending on your offense, you will have to wait a period of at least one month after your license is suspended before applying for an interlock restricted license. The interlock device performs a breathalyzer test before it allows you to start your car. Eligible drivers can contact the Colorado Department of Revenue Division of Motor Vehicles to see if they qualify.
The interlock ignition device will require a breath test to start the car and periodic breath tests while you are driving.
Depending on how many offenses you have had in the past five years, what your BAC was when you were caught, and whether or not you’ve met all your other obligations to the state for your conviction, you may be eligible to get an interlock restricted license ahead of the date at which your suspension lapses. These factors can also influence how long you will be required to have the interlock ignition device on your vehicle.
Driver License Reinstatement Colorado
If you don’t opt for the interlock ignition device or don’t qualify for an early reinstatement, you should understand that your license isn’t exactly suspended. Your license has been revoked. Colorado will require that you go through the entire process of gaining your license all over again.
Before you can regain your driver’s license, you will be required to complete an alcohol/drug and driving safety course. The courses must be licensed by the State of Colorado and have a specific curriculum that may include treatment or therapy if it is determined that you have an alcohol or drug abuse problem.
In addition to these requirements which are set form by the Department of Motor Vehicles, you may also be required to see court-ordered help for any issues that the court deems necessary.
How Do I Get My License Back After a DUI?
The good news is, if you’re willing to have an interlock ignition device installed on your vehicle(s), you can apply for early reinstatement. The bad news is, you may have to jump through a number of hoops in order to have your license fully restored.
The State of Colorado takes DUI offenses very seriously. It’s important to understand that these rules exist in order to save lives. At the same time, one mistake should not destroy yours.
Contact the office of Miller Leonard P.C., We can help get you back on track and get results that you can live with.