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Sometimes, people drive when they know they shouldn’t be driving. This can include driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It can also involve driving when you don’t have the proper driver’s license – because it’s been suspended.
When you drive on a suspended license in the state of Colorado, you can face some extensive penalties. It’s not simply a situation where you’re given a warning and asked never to do it again, so it’s something to be taken very seriously. Here’s what you need to know about driving under revocation (DUR) and the penalties that can be faced.
There are several scenarios that can lead to a license suspension in Colorado. They include:
The penalty that someone can face for driving on a suspended license depends on the reason the license was suspended in the first place.
If the reason for the suspended license was because of driving under the influence (DUI), DUI per se, underage DUI, or driving while ability impaired (DWAI), then a first conviction is a misdemeanor charge that can result in:
If it’s a second conviction for driving with a suspended license due to a DUI, then you face misdemeanor charges that can result in more serious penalties such as:
If the reason for the license suspension is because of DMV points on someone’s license, then a first DUS conviction can result in:
A second offense for a DUS can result in:
If there’s an outstanding judgment based on the reasons for the driver’s license suspension, then you can face three additional DMV points on your license and a fine of up to $100.
If you are caught driving with a suspended license, then it’s important to contact an experienced attorney who can help you fight the charges against you. Every case is different, but, in general, there are a few defenses used in cases involving driving while on a suspended license, including:
It’s important to note that even in situations where there is an emergency, it’s still a traffic violation for the driver on a suspended license. If you acted reasonably, however, given the circumstances you experienced, then the prosecutor may decide to drop the charges – if you were driving in an emergency.
About the Author:
Andrew Bryant is a well-respected Colorado Springs criminal attorney who has been practicing in the area for years. A Colorado native, he returned to the home he loves after graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Now, he uses the knowledge he gained as an El Paso County District Attorney to fight tirelessly for his clients’ rights. He is AV-Preeminent rated, has been recognized for his work by The National Trial Lawyers, and has been named to Best of the Springs lists by The Gazette for years.
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