How long will your license be Revoked for a Colorado DUI and What You Can Do About It

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If you lose your Administrative License Revocation Hearing, you will lose your privilege to drive.  The number of DUIs and DWAIs that you have in your past and the frequency of your priors will determine how long your license will be revoked.  The following table shows the typical revocation periods that you should expect to receive.  Below the table, aggravating circumstances are discussed that can result in a longer license revocation.

Possible Driving License Penalties from a Revocation Hearing for a Colorado DUI:

Reason for Revocation Length of Revocation Effect on a CDL Eligibility for a Probationary License? Length of Time for a Restricted License Before Reinstatement Reinstatement Requirements
BAC of .04 or more

1st Offense

No Revocation 1 year revocation None No additional restrictions None
BAC of .08 or more

1st Offense

9 month revocation 1 year revocation May receive an ignition interlock license after 1 month (early reinstatement), in effect for 8 months or until you have 4 consecutive months of clean blows No additional restrictions Must file a Reinstatement Application with $95, have SR-22 Insurance and, if you are a minor, level I alcohol treatment course.
BAC .17 or more

1st Offense

9 month revocation 1 year revocation May receive an ignition interlock license after 1 month (adults only) Restricted License required for 2 years Must file a Reinstatement Application with $95, have SR-22 Insurance and, complete a level II alcohol treatment course.
BAC .08 or more

2nd offense

1 year revocation Lifetime Revocation Not eligible for a restricted license Restricted License required for 2 years following revocation period Must file a Reinstatement Application with $95, have SR-22 Insurance and, complete a level II alcohol treatment course.
BAC .08 or more

3rd or subsequent offense

2 year revocation Lifetime Revocation Eligible for a restricted license after 1 year of the 2 year revocation. Must have a restricted license for 2 years following the revocation period Must file a Reinstatement Application with $95, have SR-22 Insurance and, complete a level II alcohol treatment course.

Additional Penalties:

Two Convictions in Five Years:

If you receive two convictions for DUI or DWAI within a five year period, your license will be automatically revoked for 1 year.

Three Convictions in a Lifetime:

If you receive three convictions within your lifetime, your license will be revoked for 2 years.

Habitual Traffic Offender:

If you are found to be a habitual traffic offender, your license will be revoked for five years.  To be declared a habitual traffic offender, you typically need to have three major traffic offenses within a 7-year period.  For example, if you receive 3 DUIs within a 7 year period, you will be considered a habitual traffic offender.

Refusal to Take a Breath or Blood Test:

If you refused to take a breath test or a blood test, your administrative revocation will run consecutive to your criminal revocation.  For example, if you refused to take the test on your 2nd DUI, you would receive the 1 year revocation for the DUI case and an additional 1 year revocation from the administrative hearing.  In all, your license would be suspended for 2 years.

Driving while your license is revoked:

If your license is revoked and you are issued a traffic ticket for any reason, your license will be revoked for an additional year.

If you have specific questions or would like to speak with an attorney about your legal criminal defense needs, please call Mountain Legal in Denver Colorado at 303-586-1731 or email us at nbaca@mtnlegal.com

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Nathaniel has worked in criminal law on both sides of the aisle spending time working for the prosecution as well as the defense. Most recently Nathaniel has represented individuals in violent felonies and drug cases. Prior to this work, Nathaniel handled DWIs, Domestic Violence Cases, Property Crimes, and White Collar Crimes. On the prosecutorial side, Nathaniel has most notably worked in Bosnia helping to prosecute individuals who committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Bosnian War from 1993-1995. In particular, Nathaniel helped in the prosecution of military leaders who arranged for the organized murders and rapes of innocent civilians in various towns in Bosnia. Nathaniel is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Northwestern University, and Phillips Exeter Academy. Google Profile: Nathaniel Baca