Colorado Implied Consent Law

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Colorado Implied Consent Law

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The Colorado Implied Consent Law requires you to submit to a chemical test for alcohol or drugs if an officer suspects you of DUI/DWI. It means that as a licensed driver, you give your implied or express consent for an officer to test you. You can refuse to test, but not complying will result in the suspension of your license.

The Colorado Implied Consent Law (Colorado Express Consent Law) applies to driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI). Suppose an officer asks you to take a breath test and you refuse? In that case, you’re violating this law. Licensed drivers must consent to a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) test when directed by a law enforcement officer.

Colorado Implied Consent Law Penalties

  • 1-year license suspension for a first refusal to test
  • 24-month license suspension for a second refusal
  • 36-month license suspension, hefty fines, and jail time for a third refusal
  • Designation as a Persistent Drunk Driver

Depending on your test result, you may be able to avoid license suspension or the probation period or reduce your sentence. However, refusing to take the substance test will result in an automatic one-year license suspension with no recourse.

Getting SR22 insurance after a DUI/DWI offense

After a Colorado Implied Consent Law violation, you may have to do the following qualify for alcohol DUI license reinstatement:

  • Complete a probationary period
  • Pay fines
  • Complete a driver improvement course

When you’re eligible for license reinstatement, you’ll file a Colorado SR22 certificate with the DOR.

Once you obtain SR22 insurance, you’ll have to keep it current for three years. If your SR22 policy lapses during this time, the insurance underwriter notifies the state. That results in another license suspension. You’ll then have to pay another reinstatement fee and file a new SR22 certificate to regain your driving privileges.

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If you have a suspended license after a Colorado Implied Consent Law violation, talk with an UltraCar Insurance agent. We’re licensed in Colorado and can help you find the best solution for your specific case. We usually issue a policy and file your owner or non-owner SR22 certificate in less than 30 minutes. For a no-obligation consultation and affordable quotes, call or click the quote button today!

This article was last updated on April 10th, 2023 by