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Denver DUI Defense Attorneys Representing Clients at DMV Hearings
Charles L. Fife & Associates, PC frequently represents clients in driver's license suspension and revocation hearings before the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Loss of driving privileges can have a devastating impact on a person's life, making it difficult to get to work and manage other personal and family obligations. We handle administrative hearings with the same determination and aggressive approach as criminal proceedings, and have helped many people get back behind the wheel after going through a DUI-related arrest.
Attorney Representation at DMV Hearings Can Help You Keep Your Driver's License
DUI and DWAI charges carry both criminal and civil penalties. Colorado courts handle DUI criminal sentencing while the state's Department of Revenue imposes administrative penalties, such as driver's license suspension or revocation and points for driving violations. The possible duration of a driver's license suspension depends on a person's blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of arrest and any prior DUI or DWAI convictions:
- DWAI - Eight points on your driving record
- First DUI - Nine month suspension plus 12 points on your record
- Second lifetime DUI or DWAI offense - One year revocation plus eight points for DWAI or 12 points for DUI
- Second DUI or DWAI offense within five years - Two year revocation
- Third lifetime DUI or DWAI offense - Two year revocation plus eight points for DWAI or 12 points for DUI
- Three DUI or DWAI offenses within seven years - Five year license revocation as a habitual traffic offender
- Under 21 drinking and driving with BAC of 0.02 or more but less than 0.05 - Three month suspension for first offense, six months for second offense, and one year for a third or subsequent offense plus four points on your record
After a DUI or DWAI arrest, you only have seven days to request a DMV hearing to challenge the suspension of your driving privileges. If you do not request a hearing, your driver's license will be suspended automatically, and you will lose the opportunity to contest the action.
Appealing a DMV License Suspension or Revocation
We have helped many people win appeals before the DMV after their driving privileges have been suspended or revoked during a first DMV hearing. Even when an appeal is unlikely to succeed, going through the appeals process can have a positive impact on a criminal case. Given the opportunity to analyze the transcripts of an initial DMV hearing, our attorneys may uncover inconsistencies in arresting officer testimony or evidence of police procedural error. These types of findings may be grounds for arguing that your charges should be dropped or that the case should be dismissed.
Seek Legal Advice & Representation from an Experienced Colorado DUI Defense Lawyer
If you have been arrested for DUI or DWAI, your first line of defense is fighting for your driving privileges at a DMV hearing. Contact Charles L. Fife & Associates, PC for a free initial consultation. We will act quickly to help you challenge the suspension or revocation of your Colorado driver's license.
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