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MCCLUSKEY LAW ​ OFFICE

​CRIMINAL DEFENSE 303-698-1603



MCCLUSKEY LAW OFFICE is a criminal defense law office dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals charged with crimes.  M. E. McCluskey, Esq. is available to represent clients charged with  FELONIES and or MISDEMEANORS in Arvada, Aurora, Bennett, Beyers, Boulder, Breckenridge, Brighton, Broomfield, Castle Rock, Centennial, Cherry Creek, Denver, Edgewater, Engelwood, Federal Heights, Fort Collins, Fort Lupton, Fort Morgan Greeley, Greenwood Village, Frederick, Highlands Ranch, Kiowa, Lakewood, Lakeside, Littleton, Lochbuie, Lodo, Longmont, Louisville, Loveland, Northglenn, Parker, Platteville, Sheridan, Strasburg, Thornton, Telluride, Vail, Watkins, Westminster, Wheat Ridge, Windsor, Front Range communities and ADAMS, ARAPAHOE, BOULDER, BROOMFIELD, CLEAR CREEK, DENVER, DOUGLAS, EL PASO, GILPIN, JEFFERSON, LARIMER, and WELD counties.

MCCLUSKEY LAW OFFICE is a criminal defense law office dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals charged with crimes.  M. E. McCluskey, Esq. is available to represent clients charged with felony DUI/DUID and misdemeanor ​DUI/DUID in Arvada, Aurora, Bennett, Beyers, Boulder, Breckenridge, Brighton, Broomfield, Castle Rock, Centennial, Cherry Creek, Denver, Edgewater, Engelwood, Federal Heights, Fort Collins, Fort Lupton, Fort Morgan Greeley, Greenwood Village, Frederick, Highlands Ranch, Kiowa, Lakewood, Lakeside, Littleton, Lochbuie, Lodo, Longmont, Louisville, Loveland, Northglenn, Parker, Platteville, Sheridan, Strasburg, Thornton, Telluride, Vail, Watkins, Westminster, Wheat Ridge, Windsor, Front Range communities and ADAMS, ARAPAHOE, BOULDER, BROOMFIELD, CLEAR CREEK, DENVER, DOUGLAS, EL PASO, GILPIN, JEFFERSON, LARIMER, and WELD counties.

DUI-DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE of ALCOHOL and/or DRUGS

                       DUI-ALCOHOL and/or DRUGS

                                                   Administrative and Conviction Revocations                  

                                   Length of Administrative Revocation

  •          BAC Test of .08 or above
  • 1st offense        9 months         Mandatory No Driving Period of 1 Month, eligible to  reinstate early with 8 months of driving with Interlock device or may choose  9  ​months of  No Driving and no Interlock device required thereafter. EARLY REMOVAL OF INTERLOCK is only available after 4 clean and consecutive months of driving on Interlock for 1st offenders with a BAC test of .149 or lower.

  • 2nd offense      1 year               Mandatory No Driving Period of 1 Month,  eligible to reinstate early  with minimum of  two years on Interlock


  • 3rd offense       2 years             Mandatory No Driving Period of 1 Month,  eligible to reinstate early with minimum of two years on Interlock


  • Drivers classified as *Persistent Drunk Drivers (drivers who have a BAC test of .15 or above) are ineligible for early removal of Interlock, are required to drive with a minimum of two years on Interlock and are required to enroll and complete Level II Alcohol Education and Therapy.  If an individual has two alcohol conviction within five years or three alcohol convictions in a lifetime they will be categorized as a Persistent Drunk Driver.

  •          REFUSED Chemical Test - Early reinstatement with an Interlock restricted license is now available for those who refuse a blood alcohol test after two months of no driving.  Driving for 2 years on Interlock is required.
  • 1st refusal    1 year            Mandatory No Driving Period of 2 Months, may be eligible to drive on an Interlock restricted license for the remainder of the restraint

  • 2nd refusal   2 years          Mandatory No Driving Period of 2 Months, may be eligible to drive on an Interlock restricted license for the remainder of the restraint

  • 3rd refusal    3 years          Mandatory No Driving Period of 2 Months, may be eligible to drive on an Interlock restricted license for the remainder of the restraint

Length of revocation based on a conviction

  •          BAC Test of .08 or above
  • 1st offense      9 months    Runs concurrently with Administrative Revocation, may be eligible for Interlock license after Mandatory No Driving Period of 1 month

  • 2nd offense    1 year          If within 5 years of 1st offense, Mandatory No Driving Period of 1 Month, included in 1 year conviction revocation.

  • 3rd offense     2 years        May be eligible for Interlock restrict license for the duration of the restraint after Mandatory No Driving Period of 1 month


       *Effective January 1, 2014 all drivers who test at .15 or greater and those who refuse to take a chemical test along with repeat offenders are now classified                 as Persistent Drunk Drivers even on a 1st offense, and are now required to have Interlock device for at least two years upon reinstatement in addition to    completing Level II Alcohol Education and Therapy.







        



 POINTS ARE ASSESSED AGAINST DRIVER'S LICENSE AFTER A CONVICTION          

  • Leaving Scene of an Accident  (HIT AND RUN)............................................................................................................12           A Conviction occurs when you plead guilty
  • DUI Driving While Intoxicated or Under the Influence of Drugs.................................................................................12          to a charge, accept a plea bargain or pay a
  • Eluding or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer.............................................................................................................12          Ticket.  Certain types of tickets will become                              
  • Speed Contests....................................................................................................................................................................12          convictions by default if you fail to appear 
  • Speeding Over Posted limit    5-9 m.p.h..............................................................................................................................1           in court.
  • Speeding Over Posted limit  10-19 m.p.h............................................................................................................................4           MINIMUM # OF POINTS TO CAUSE
  • Speeding Over Posted limit  20-39 m.p.h............................................................................................................................6           SUSPENSION
  • Speeding Over Posted limit  40 or more m.p.h..................................................................................................................12       Age of Driver              12 months        24 months
  • Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol........................................................................................................................8         Adult (21 and over)      12 points        18 points
  • Reckless Driving....................................................................................................................................................................8     
  • Failure to Stop for a School Bus..........................................................................................................................................6           Minor (16-17)                  6 points         
  • Driving on Wrong Side of Road..........................................................................................................................................4
  • Careless Driving...................................................................................................................................................................4            Minor (18-20)                  9 points        12 points
  • Failure to Maintain or Show Proof of Insurance..............................................................................................................4
  • Failure to Observe Traffic Sign or Signal..........................................................................................................................4     You may qualify for a Probationary Drivers License,
  • Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle................................................................................................................................4     PDL, or restricted use license, if you have a points 
  • Driving in Wrong Lane or Driving in Wrong Direction on a One-Way Street...............................................................3    suspension or a child support suspension.  You will 
  • Improper Turn......................................................................................................................................................................3    need to request a hearing to get a PDL.  A Hearing 
  • Driving Through a Safety Zone...........................................................................................................................................3    Officer has the authority to grant a PDL for limited 
  • Improper Backing.................................................................................................................................................................2    purposes such as driving to and from work during 
  • Failure to Signal or Improper Signal...................................................................................................................................2    the period of suspension.
  • Failure to Dim or Turn on Lights.........................................................................................................................................2
  • Operating an Unsafe Vehicle................................................................................................................................................2

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HABITUAL TRAFFIC OFFENDER

  • If you have been classified as a Habitual Traffic Offender, § 42-2-202 with at least one alcohol related offense, you must serve 1 year of Mandatory No Driving revocation and may be eligible for early reinstatement.  After being approved, you may serve the remainder of the restraint or revocation on an Interlock restricted license.  An Interlock restricted license is a full use license.

  • For Habitual Traffic Offenders with non-alcohol related offenses you will be required to serve the 5 years Mandatory No Driving revocation period and are not eligible to drive on an Interlock restricted license.  MCCLUSKEY LAW OFFICE can zealously represent you at the HTO hearing to challenge the accuracy of the driver record being used against you.

  • I.  If you have been convicted of 3 qualifying offenses over a 7 year period based on date of violation and not date of conviction your license will be revoked for 5 years. DUS, Driving Under Suspension, DUI,  Driving Under the Influence, DWAI, Driving While Ability Impaired, Reckless Driving, Vehicular Assault and Vehicular Homicide are just a few of the "qualifying offenses" or "Habitual Offender Strikes" against your driver's license. 

  • II.  If you have 10 or more convictions of separate episodes for moving violations assessed at 4 points within 5 years, or 18 or more convictions of separate episodes for moving violations assessed at 3 points or less within 5 years, you can be adjudicated as Habitual Traffic Offender.

  • III.  Convictions from other states can be used against you in Colorado.  Convictions under the law of another state that "substantially conform" to the statutory provisions of Colorado may be considered for purposes of imposing habitual traffic offender status.  Dept. of Rev., 964 P.2d 629 (Colo. App. 1998).

  • There are defenses and strategies that MCCLUSKEY LAW OFFICE can use to fight HTO charges.
  • ​A driver may collaterally attack the constitutionality of underlying conviction which forms the basis for the determination that he/she is an habitual traffic offender.  Reasoner v. Dept. of Rev., 628 P.2d 187 (Colo. App. 1981).  MCCLUSKEY LAW OFFICE can zealously represent you at the HTO hearing to challenge the accuracy of the driver record being used against you and point out the inaccuracies to the Hearing Officer.  Attacks on the accuracy of the record raises question of fact for resolution by hearing officer.  Where evidence is presented which rebuts a person's driving record, there is a fact question to be resolved by the hearing officer.  Hoehl v. Vehicle Div., 624 P.2d 907 (Colo. App. 1980), overruled on other grounds, Anadale v. Dept. of Rev., 674 P.2d 372 (Colo. 1984).
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  • DARP - Driving After Revocation Probhibited §42-2-206 - If you drive during the period of revocation after you have been adjudicated to be a Habitual Traffic Offender you are liable to being charged with DARP, a class 1 misdemeanor with a mandatory minimum of incarceration in the county jail for 30 days and/or a minimum fine of $3,000.00 or both
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  • if you drive during the period of revocation after you have been adjudicated to be a Habitual Traffic Offender and are charged with a DUI or DUI per se, DWAI, reckless driving, eluding or attempting to elude a police officer, violation of the requirements for accidents, vehicular eluding you are liable to being charged with Aggravated Driving with a Revoked License which is a class 6 felony.  Punishment for a class 6 felony is one year to 18 months imprisonment with 1 year mandatory parole.  Punishment for the alcohol offense(s) pursuant to §42-4-1307 depending on BAC level can include jail, $600.00 minimum fine, UPS, Useful Public Service, 48 hours minimum, Probation, and Level II Education and Therapy.
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