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Dec 05

by Colorado DUI Defense Lawyer – Attorney H. Michael Steinberg

Colorado DMV Phone Hearings

Colorado DMV Phone Hearings

Recent changes to the methods used by the Colorado Department of Motorvehicles (DMV) in conducting Colorado DMV Phone Hearings has led to the denail of a face to face confrontation by lawyers representing individuals charged with DUI -DWAI.

While these hearings are considered civil in nature – the denial of a face to right to cross examination can sometimes have the same effect on an individual as a verdict of guilty.

Often the one year suspension of a driver’s license as a result of refusing to take a breath or blood test (refusal hearing) has a GREATER IMPACT on a Colorado driver than the probationary license that sometimes follows as a result of a conviction and a consequent point based suspension.

Colorado DMV Phone Hearings – Phone Versus in Person Hearings In Colorado

For the record – according to the Colorado DMV – in-person hearings are still scheduled in Greeley, Boulder, Lakewood, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction.

If the accused is unable to make the in-person hearing, arrangements can be made in advance, to appear by telephone by contacting the Hearings Division at 303-205-5606.

Colorado DMV Phone Hearings – When Phone Hearings?

For people living outside these areas, phone hearings ware now scheduled.

For a phone hearing, a letter is sent to the requesting individual – then – on the day of the hearing – the person “checks-in” by calling approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled hearing time…providing the case number or Driver License or Identification Card number at the check in, and also a phone number to be reached at. When the hearing is ready to be called, you will be called back at the number provided. The phone check in number will be 1-855-813-5221.

Certain Colorado Police Departments on The List For Mandatory Phone Hearings

Phone hearings are NOW HELD in cases originating from the following law enforcement agencies:

Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office

Aurora Police Department

Blackhawk Police Department

Brighton Police Department

Castle Rock Police Department

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

Elizabeth Police Department

Greenwood Village Police Department

Idaho Springs Police Department

Lochbuie Police Department

Parker Police Department

Watkins Police Department

Colorado DMV Phone Hearings – Requesting An In Person Hearing

A person scheduled for a phone hearing who wishes to appear in person, they can request to reschedule for an in-person hearing at the Lakewood office. Right – to date – I have not been able – nor have others to reschedule such hearings – converting them to in person hearings.

The DMV’s Excuse is

….due to caseload and scheduling deadlines, there is no guarantee that we will be able to accomodate your request. If your request is granted, the law enforcement officer may still appear by telephone.”

Please call our law firm if you have questions about ..

.Colorado DMV Phone Hearings

Denver DUI Lawyer – Attorney – H. Michael Steinberg has been a Colorado criminal law specialist attorney for 30 years (as of 2012). For the First 13 years of his career, he was an Arapahoe – Douglas County District Attorney Senior prosecutor. In 1999 he formed his own law firm for the defense of Colorado criminal cases.

In addition to handling tens of thousands of cases in the trial courts of Colorado, he has written hundreds of articles regarding the practice of Colorado criminal law and frequently provides legal analysis on radio and television, appearing on the Fox News Channel, CNN and Various National and Local Newspapers and Radio Stations. Please call him at your convenience at 720-220-2277

If you have questions about Colorado DMV Phone Hearings in the Denver metropolitan area and throughout Colorado, attorney H. Michael Steinberg will be pleased to answer those questions and to provides quality legal representation to those charged in Colorado adult and juvenile criminal matters as regards Colorado DMV Phone Hearings… and other Colorado driver’s license suspension and reinstatement of Colorado driver’s license issues.

In the Denver metropolitan area and throughout Colorado, attorney H. Michael Steinberg provides quality legal representation to those charged in Colorado adult and juvenile criminal matters.

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