Fighting to Keep You on the Road
There are two parts to a drunk driving arrest – the criminal DUI/DWAI charges and a separate proceeding to suspend your driver’s license. The Gasper Law Group defends you in court and fights your DMV suspension.
You must act quickly to preserve your driving privileges. Unless you request a DMV hearing within seven days of your arrest, your license will be suspended or revoked automatically. Even if your suspension is upheld, we can usually get clients a restricted driving permit.
Facing DMV Suspension from a DUI? Call Us Immediately.
Gasper Law Group of Colorado Springs represents clients throughout El Paso County, as well as Teller, Arapahoe and Douglas counties, including area military personnel. Call 719-227-7779 for a free consultation.
Colorado License Suspension for Drunk Driving
The Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) oversees the suspension/revocation of your license:
- If you refused a chemical test at the time of arrest, your license is automatically suspended for one year, regardless of the outcome of your criminal case.
- If you are under age 21, your license will be suspended for one year for drinking and driving (even if your BAC was less than .08).
- A first offense of DUI or DWAI carries a 90-day DMV suspension.
- A second DUI results in revocation for one year and probably an ignition interlock on your car before reinstatement.
- Three alcohol-related offenses in seven years can result in a five-year revocation as a “habitual user.”
The DMV Suspension Hearing
You must request a hearing within seven days or forfeit your license. We usually request on the petition that the arresting officer appear at the hearing. Why?
- The officer may not show up, possibly resulting in dismissal of the DMV action against your license.
- There is no preliminary hearing in the DUI case. At the DMV hearing, the officer may “tip his cards” and say something we can use to challenge your criminal charges.
The DMV may still suspend your license. However, if it is your first offense you may qualify for a “red license” (temporary permit) for driving to work, school or medical appointments. This restricted license is not available if you refused a chemical test.
We understand the major inconvenience of a license suspension and the possible impact on a career or livelihood (commercial drivers, members of the military). Our legal team includes four former county prosecutors who know the system – when to negotiate and how to fight.