Being charged with a DUI or DWAI by an officer in Denver County means that you will not only be dealing with the criminal court system due to the nature of the actual charge, but you will also be in direct contact with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Violations occurring while driving involve your license and this administrative agency. If you are arrested and choose to a DUI charge means you'll also have to deal with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Your driver's license is in danger.
If you submit to the breath test (done using a Breathalyzer machine), then you will possibly be given a letter stating that your license will be revoked. Usually, you have seven days from that date to request a hearing in which your charges will be brought before a hearing officer and you can present your case. The arresting officer will be there to present his or her side of the story. It is important that you participate in this hearing. If you don't respond within seven days, you will not be able to participate in this important opportunity.
Where is the DMV Hearing?
Normally, your DMV hearing will take place in Lakewood at the main DMV location if your charge occurred in the Denver metro area.
What Happens at a DMV Hearing?
The hearing only lasts about 30 minutes or so. During that time, the charges will be brought against you by the arresting officer from Adams County, or wherever you were arrested. The police officer is present to:
1.Give the results of roadside maneuvers (probable cause) and your blood or breath test
2. State why you were pulled over (reasonable suspicion of criminal activity)
If the hearing officer does not find any fault in the accused's actions, then your charges will be dismissed and your license reinstated. However, if the violation is supported, then your driver's license will be immediately revoked in Jefferson County and across Colorado.
My License Has Been Revoked: What Can I Do?
If your license is revoked at the DMV hearing, you may request a probationary license (otherwise known as a red license) which allows you to drive during certain periods of time. Violating this probation will lead to revocation of your license entirely. Once you're able, you can have your license reinstated through a long-term process with DMV in Arapahoe or El Paso County.
You need to protect your privilege to drive. Contact a criminal defense attorney today.
DMV Help is a Phone Call Away
If you are preparing for a DMV hearing after a point suspension or DUI arrest in Douglas County, you need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. It is important to protect your privilege to drive. Without your driver's license, you will have a difficult time getting to work and living your life. Contact one of our criminal defense lawyers immediately to advise you on the best way to protect your driver's license.