DMV and Traffic

Traffic violations range from very minor infractions to more serious misdemeanors.  Even minor violations can have an impact on your driving record.  The Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles issues driver licenses and revokes, suspends and cancels driving privileges. 

Colorado uses a points system to track the status of your driving privilege.  Most traffic violations are assigned a certain number of points.  If you are convicted of committing a traffic violation, the assigned number of points are assessed against your driving privilege.  Every driver is allowed a certain number of points over a certain period of time.  If the allotted number of points is exceeded, it may result in loss of your driving privilege. There are other major traffic offenses that are not assigned a point value, but a conviction may also result in loss of your driving privilege or an extended loss of your driving privilege.

There are many reasons DMV may revoke, suspend, or cancel your privilege to drive. For example, if you accrue too many points against your privilege or if you were contacted by law enforcement for a DUI, DMV may take action against your driving privilege. If DMV is going to revoke, suspend or cancel your driving privilege, you will receive notice. Notice is required because you have a right to a hearing before DMV can take action.

DMV hearings are considered civil proceedings. This means the hearing is separate from any criminal proceeding. For example, if you are charged with a DUI, the DMV hearing and the DUI case are two separate proceedings and the outcome in one proceeding does not necessarily control the outcome in other proceeding.

The nature of the hearing will depend on the basis for a revocation, suspension or denial. Driving is an important privilege. If you have received or think you will be receiving notice from DMV that it is taking action against your privilege, it is important to have a knowledgeable lawyer to protect and represent your interests.