Understanding the Colorado DMV’s Role in Drunk Driving Charges

car_2273424.jpgDrivers who are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) often find themselves confused by the tangle of rules and laws that apply to a drunk driving arrest or conviction. The criminal courts, laws, and penalties are involved, and so is the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

When you are arrested on suspicion of DUI, the DMV has the power to suspend your CO driver’s license. You have the right to notice of the suspension and to ask for a hearing, which you must do within 7 days. At the hearing, you can challenge whether the suspension should be imposed and for how long, and you may have a knowledgeable Colorado DUI defense attorney represent you if you choose.

In some cases, you may be able to get your license reinstated with an ignition interlock device. The device is installed on your vehicle and requires you to provide a breath sample in order to start the car and at random times while driving. If the device senses alcohol in your sample, the vehicle will not start. In most cases, you will be required to pay the costs of installing, maintaining, and removing the ignition interlock device.

DUI convictions carry serious criminal and civil penalties. If you’re facing a DUI charge, an experienced Colorado Springs DUI defense lawyer at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. can build an aggressive defense that fights for the best possible result in your case while still protecting your legal rights. For a free and confidential case evaluation, call us today at (719) 475-2555.

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