Driving when your license is revoked or suspended can lead to a driving under restraint charge in Jefferson County, Colorado. In situations where a driver's license was suspended due to an alcohol or drug related issue, penalties increase. Driving unlawfully after a DUI, DWAI, or vehicular assault may also extend the period of time your driver's licenses is suspended or revoked. Transportation needs are sometimes vital to family and work. If you're facing an allegation of DUR in Colorado, contact an experienced driving under restraint attorney to protect your driving privileges.
2 Types of DUR in Colorado
Driving under restraint falls into two categories in Lakewood, Arvada, and Golden, including license suspensions due to an alcohol / drug related crime or other offenses. Either way, you commit driving under restraint C.R.S. 42-2-138 in Jefferson County if you:
- choose to drive,
- AFTER your license has been denied, revoked, or suspended,
- for any reason in any state
This means a person pulled over for speeding on I-70 with a suspended license could be charged with DUR, even if they're just passing through Colorado. Whether a point suspension or revocation due to DUI, driving with a license that is under these limitations is unlawful.
Will I Go to Jail for Driving Under Restraint in Colorado?
Driving under restraint not related to drugs or alcohol is slightly less severe when it comes to penalties. These actions can lead to up to 6 months in county jail, a fine of up to $500, and ineligibility to obtain a CO driver's license for three years (for a second or subsequent DUR within 5 years). However, when your license is under restraint after a DUI or DWAI conviction and you choose to drive, penalties can include up to 12 months in county jail and fines of $500 – $1,000. This also extends the ineligibility for a driver's license by an additional year.
Lakewood Driving Under Restraint Attorney
The ability to drive is essential for many. Our skilled defense attorneys understand this and fight to have that privilege restored for our clients. Whether you had a DUI or accumulated too many points, you need strategic representation in cases of DUR. Perhaps you weren't notified that your license was suspended or you drove due to an unavoidable emergency. Nevertheless, contact our office today for a free initial consultation. We will carefully look over your unique case and recommend next steps in your defense. We prioritize the best possible outcome for each of our clients.
If you or someone you know is facing a driving under restraint charge in Colorado, be smart. Contact the experienced traffic attorneys at O'Malley and Sawyer, LLC at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.
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