When you're convicted of a driving-related crime in the state of Colorado, there's a possibility that you may lose your license for a certain period of time. That being said, many people are confused about how this process works and which kinds of offenses could lead to license suspensions.
"Each type of conviction causes a certain number of points to be placed on your driving record," explains the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles. "If you get too many points within a certain period of time, you will lose your driver's license through a point suspension. Each time you get a ticket, the Division of Motor Vehicles places the points on your record and determines if there are enough points to cause a suspension of your driving privileges."
Here's a look at a few common driving-related offenses and the number
of points they equate to on a driving record:
• Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol - 12 points
• Failure to observe a traffic sign or signal - 4 points
• Failure to stop for a school bus - 6 points
• Leaving the scene of an accident - 12 points
• Reckless driving - 8 points
• Speeding 5 to 9 mph over limit - 1 point.
If you're an adult driver and you accumulate 12 points in 12 consecutive months or 18 points in 24 consecutive months, your license will be suspended. If you're between the ages of 18 and 20 and you accumulate 9 points in 12 consecutive months, 12 points in 24 consecutive months or 14 points or more since first obtaining your license in Colorado, your license will be suspended. If you are under the age of 18, you get even fewer points to work with. If you accumulate 6 points in 12 consecutive months, or a total of 7 points since first obtaining your license in Colorado, your license will be suspended.
In the event that you reach these limits on your driving record, you will be asked to appear at a hearing where a hearing officer will determine whether a suspension is required and for how long. It is in your best interest to have an attorney from a Colorado law firm such as The Orr Law Firm represent you in the criminal courts prior to any conviction being entered. Once you plead or are found guilty, there is very little an attorney can do to help you at a DMV point suspension hearing.