Violation hearings are used when a motorist is assessed a violation for driving with a learner or novice driver’s license. The violator is given an opportunity to correct their driving before a judge rules on the citation.
Violation hearings can be held in court, at the Driver License and Vehicle Registration Office (DLVRO), or at another location designated by the district attorney. If the hearing is held at the DLVRO, it must be conducted in English and must be conducted by an interpreter.
The driver may attend his or her own violation hearing if they are able to do so within thirty days after being issued a citation. If they cannot, then they must send written notice of their intent to appear and testimony to the district attorney by no later than thirty days before the scheduled hearing.
If convicted of a third-degree vehicular theft violation, the violator will spend time in jail and/or have points assessed on their driver’s license. This can prevent them from obtaining a drivers license for a long time.
Driving while intoxicated
While it is legal to drink alcohol in the United States, you cannot legally drink it while driving. It is considered a drug of some sort, and as such, illegal to use while driving.
It is also extremely dangerous to do so. A whopping 1 in 4 drivers has had a alcohol/drug impairment incident during their tenure as a driver. 1 in 5 drivers has had a drug/alcohol impairment incident!
Knowingly drinking and driving is something you will spend the rest of your life dealing with. The consequences can be serious: You could lose your job, your home, and/or your vehicle.
If you are ever found drunk or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you may be charged with DUI or DWAI (Driving While Under the Influence). If convicted, you may be sentenced to jail time or probation charges.
Driving while ability impaired by alcohol
While it is not a direct violation of your license to be driving with a blood alcohol level greater than 0.08, it can still affect your driving ability. A driver with a blood alcohol level of 0.05 or higher is considered under the effect and is prohibited from driving.
Research has shown that when people drive under the influence of alcohol, their risk-taking behavior, such as reckless driving, turning actions into commands, and decision making are impaired. All of these behaviors can have negative effects on your loved one’s safety as they navigate the world on their own.
If you think your loved one is having trouble thinking or deciding on an action to take with regard to driving, you should ask them whether or not they feel comfortable in an environment where alcohol would be possible to Drive While Impaired (DWI). If they do not feel comfortable, then you should allow them to get behind the wheel if only for a short time to see if this reduces their risk-taking behavior.
Driving while ability impaired by drugs
While there are some situations in which a person with a drug-induced impairment in which the person can drive is permitted to do so, the courts increasingly recognize that such people should be subject to rigorous testing before being allowed to drive.
This is due in part to a trend toward more stringent drug-impaired driving tests, as well as increased awareness of the effects of drugs on driving skills.
As more people become aware of the risks, individuals who need less sophisticated testing due to drug misuse are given less time to meet the standards. Courts are starting to recognize this and give them less time to test or approve someone’s ability to drive accordingly.
Some countries have completely abolished drug-impaired driving, instead focusing their attention on overall impaired driving behavior. This reduces the need for increasingly demanding drug-impaired driving tests.
Driving with blood alcohol content greater than 0.08
0.08 is the legal limit for blood alcohol content in the United States, and almost all states have a maximum. In Colorado, it is 0.15.
If you are convicted of driving with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.08, your license can be suspended for either a certain amount of time or for life. This can be very stressful and affect your daily life, so it is important to get help early on.
Many treatment programs offer their services through the Department of Justice-approved Driver Rehabilitation Programs (DPRPs). Some agencies even work together with the police to develop treatment programs that are reliable and impactful. If you are not comfortable with contacting a DPRP or working with a therapist alone, there are many options available.
Get help from: A friend or family member who is also undergoing treatment (if charged as an adult). OR from a DP RP that has been approved by the DOJ.
In rare cases, assaultive behavior can occur while driving a vehicle. This can be related to alcohol or defensive/violation behaviors occurring while in control of a vehicle.
These situations are evaluated and addressed as part of the vehicular assault evaluation. In most cases, the offender is given a ticket for vehicular assault and/or an opportunity to avoid criminal charges by attending court- ordered alcohol education classes and/or supervised driving courses.
Most times! These situations do happen, but they are very rare events. Most drivers have no idea what occurred before they got in the vehicle because the person in control was not respectful or belligerent towards them.
If you ever find yourself in this situation, remember three things: show your victim confidence by being calm, don’t make him or her feel like you don’t understand what happened to them, and don’t blame or rush out to give them aid.
When a driver intentionally runs over another person, the first thing the court must consider is whether that person was wearing a seat belt. If they were, the person behind them in the car was forced to put one on before they could drive away.
If they were not wearing a seat belt, the driver had to be held accountable for being in violation of traffic law. This includes car seats and/or children’s safety seats unless there is conclusive evidence that they weren’t used.
If you think someone else killed a loved one by driving over them, contact us today for a free consultation. We can determine if you have an eligible claim and how much your family may be entitled to.
A reckless driving charge can come with serious consequences. If you are accused of reckless driving, you may be put on probation for a year and required to pay special monitoring. You will also be required to take a driver education class and have your car evaluated at frequent intervals during the probationary period.
If you are found guilty, you may be sentenced to community service or face legal problems for the rest of your life. Professional help is often needed to address this issue.
The consequences of a reckless driving charge can vary from nothing serious to jail time or license suspension. The first and most important part of this article is: how to prepare for a charged charge.
Hit and run
When a driver or passenger in a vehicle doesn’t leave the scene of an accident when they should, it is called a hit and run. A hit and run can be very difficult to identify as it can be hard to tell if someone was in the vehicle or not at the time of the incident.
Signs of a hit and run include:
Missing vehicles records. Including car insurance records, credit card bills, and any bank statements.
Missing persons posters or announcements. Including local, state, and national levels.
Loss of evidence such as clothing or objects. Usually this includes evidence from medical examinations, since it may be several days before it shows up at a clinic or police station.
Dangerous driving conditions such as fog or smoke which prevent other drivers from seeing the crash scene.