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What You Need to Know About Driving on a Revoked License in Colorado

If you're driving on a revoked license in Colorado, the consequences can be severe. It is illegal to drive if your license has been revoked, suspended, or denied renewal. In addition to possible fines and jail time, there are also long-term consequences that may result from these actions.

What Is Driving on a Revoked License?

Driving on a revoked license is the act of operating a motor vehicle when your driving privilege has been suspended, revoked, or denied for any reason. This includes any instance in which your license is no longer valid due to lack of insurance, failure to appear for a court hearing, multiple DUI convictions, or other violations. It also includes instances in which you have not applied for a new license after moving to Colorado from another state.

What Are the Consequences for Driving on a Revoked License in Colorado?

Driving on a revoked license in Colorado carries serious consequences, including possible jail time. Depending on the seriousness of the offense, you may be charged with either a misdemeanor or felony and subject to a fine up to $10,000 and/or jail time of up to three years. Additionally, your vehicle may be impounded and placed with sanctions against you that can restrict your freedom such as house arrest or probation.

Don't Think You Can Avoid Getting Caught

It's important to understand that driving on a revoked license in Colorado is monitored and will not be tolerated. State police can run your license plate or even just doing a traffic stop can reveal that you are driving on a revoked license when they compare your license information against the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles databases. Penalties could include any combination of fines, house arrest, community service, suspended or impounded vehicle registration, probation, or jail time. So don't take the risk of driving without a valid license - it's simply not worth it!

How Do You Reinstate Your License?

Reinstating your license depends on the specific situation that led to the revocation. You may need to provide proof of an SR-22 Financial Responsibility Insurance Certificate, complete an alcohol or drug treatment program, pay any outstanding fines, make sure all required paperwork is submitted and approved, or find a qualified agent to handle your reinstatement. It's important to consult with a knowledgeable legal professional who can guide you through the process and make sure you have met all the necessary requirements.

What Should You Do If You're Caught Driving on a Revoked License?

If you're caught driving with a revoked license in Colorado, the charge is considered a class 6 felony. Even if this is your first offense or you had a valid license at the time of your arrest, you may face 1-3 years in prison and/or up to $100,000 in fines. It's essential to contact an attorney immediately to ensure that all paperwork and requirements are in order before you retake your driver's test. A qualified legal expert can also advise on any other steps necessary for reinstatement.

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