When a person is arrested on suspicion of DUI in Colorado, he may face suspension of his driver’s license even if he hasn’t been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol. This type of suspension is known as an administrative license suspension, or ALS. Currently, 41 U.S. states have laws that specifically allow the state’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles to suspend the license of drivers arrested on suspicion of DUI, even if there has been no conviction.
An administrative license suspension is triggered by an arrest on suspicion of drunk driving, failure or refusal to take a blood alcohol test, or both, depending on the state in which the person is stopped. Since it is related to the arrest and not a conviction, it can be in effect even before a person has had a chance to speak to a judge or have a trial.
Research indicates that administrative license suspension lowers the number of alcohol-related crashes, as well as the number of people who are convicted multiple times of drunk driving, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS recommends long license suspension periods; periods around the U.S. currently vary from 7 days to 90 days or more. Although drivers are allowed to have a hearing to determine whether the suspension is appropriate, these suspensions often place a heavy burden on drivers who rely on their vehicles to travel to work or to transport young, disabled, or elderly family members who cannot drive themselves.
Being arrested on suspicion of a DUI can have serious consequences, and the penalties for being convicted are even tougher. If you’re facing DUI charges in Colorado, the experienced Colorado Springs DUI defense attorneys at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. can help. Call us today at (719) 475-2555 for a free and confidential case evaluation.