As of January 1, 2014, Colorado’s DUI laws have changed resulting in differing consequences for refusals and higher BAC tests as they relate to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Prior to 2014, an individual who had their license suspended at a DMV hearing due to refusing a breath or blood test would lose their license for one year. There was no way to get a restricted license or early reinstatement. If you refused, you weren’t driving. With the new changes, drivers that are revoked for one-year based on a determination that they refused a test will be allowed to reinstate their drivers’ licenses after two-months. However, the individual must install an ignition interlock device in his or her vehicle for two-years. The interlock devise can be expensive and embarrassing, but it now gives individuals who refused a test an opportunity to get to work and school after only two months.
The new laws also amend the definition of “persistent drunk driver” to include a person who refuses to take or complete a test as required by law. In addition, a person will be considered a “persistent drunk driver” if they have a BAC of .15 or over, even if it is a first offence. In the past, one was only deemed a “persistent drunk driver” if they had a BAC at or over .17, or had multiple offenses. If considered a “persistent drunk driver” the individual must have an interlock device in their cars upon reinstatement for at least two years.
If you have questions about Colorado’s DUI laws, have been charged with a DUI or DWAI, or are facing a DMV suspension, contact Frederick | Ganderton Attorneys at Law today at 720-588-9120 to Schedule a consultation