The Colorado Implied Consent Law applies to drivers who are pulled over by an officer for suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. If a law enforcement officer asks you to take a drug or alcohol test and you refuse to do so, you are in violation of the Colorado Implied Consent Law.
All licensed Colorado drivers must consent to taking a breathalyzer or blood test when asked to do so by a law enforcement officer, or they will be penalized. The Colorado Implied Consent Law (Colorado Express Consent Law) states that drivers who refuse to take a drug or alcohol test will automatically have their license suspended for a period of one year, and a Persistent Drunk Driver designation.
Depending on the level of alcohol in the blood when the test is taken, there is a chance that license suspension can be avoided or the probation period or judgment can be reduced. However, under the Colorado Implied Consent Law, refusing to take the DUI or DWI test will result in an automatic one-year license suspension with no recourse. The penalty for a second DUI offense is a 24-month license suspension, and for a third DUI offense there is a 36-month suspension plus heavy fines and jail time.
After a Colorado Implied Consent Law violation, you may be required to complete a probationary period, pay fines, complete a driver improvement course, etc. to qualify for alcohol DUI license reinstatement. Once you qualify, a Colorado SR22 certificate must be filed with the Colorado DMV. SR22 insurance must be carried without any lapse of coverage for a period of three years in most cases. If your SR22 policy lapses for any reason during this time, the state is notified by your insurance provider and your driver’s license will be suspended once again. The result is having to pay another reinstatement fee and filing a new Colorado SR22 certificate to reinstate driving privileges.
The following articles on our site are related to the Colorado Implied Consent Law and SR22 insurance:
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If your license has been suspended after non-compliance with the Colorado Implied Consent Law, talk with an UltraCar Insurance agent. Our agents are licensed in the state of Colorado and can help you find the best solution for your specific case. We can file your owner or non owner SR22 insurance certificate in less than 30 minutes. Call today for a free, no-obligation consultation, or start a quote now!