If you have been arrested for a DUI, you may be confused about what will happen to your driving privileges and what will happen with court. It is important to understand that these are two separate and distinct parts of the process in the aftermath of a DUI arrest. Each part has its own timeline and requirements.
To aid in understanding, No DUI Colorado has put together a website and video to help explain the process.
Administrative Process: Your Driving Privilege
After a DUI arrest, you have a limited amount of time to request a hearing with the Department of Revenue hearings division (this varies based on whether you chose a blood test or a breath test. If you do not request a hearing within the allotted time, your driving privilege will be revoked. How long it is revoked depends on whether or not you have had a previous DUI and what your alcohol content was for this arrest. Participation in the Interlock program, SR-22 insurance, treatment programs, and reinstatement fees may all be part of the process to regain your driving privilege.
This flowchart will show you a more detailed view of the administrative process.
Criminal Process: Court
The court process is separate from the administrative process and has a different timeline. Findings in one process have no effect on the other. In addition to what is required to reinstate your driving privilege, fines, jail time, treatment programs, restitution, or probation may be imposed by the court if you are found guilty of DUI.