||It takes only three serious driving offenses to be considered a "Habitual Traffic Offender" in Colorado.
Habitual Traffic Offender
A driver will be designated a "Habitual Traffic Offender" in Colorado if they receive convictions for three serious driving offenses within seven years. Serious driving offenses include:
Any combination of three of the above charges within seven years will result in you being designated a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO). If you are designated an HTO, then your privilege to drive will be suspended for five years.
You can also be designated an HTO for receiving a large number of less serious traffic charges. For example, 10 or more convictions for violations that are four points or more, or 18 convictions for three points or more, within five years, will result in you being designated a Habitual Traffic Offender.
Driving while you are on HTO status could lead to an eighteen month jail sentence. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol during an HTO suspension could result in class 6 felony charges, and could lead to a prison sentence. The judge must also fine you between $1,000 and $100,000. The judge will consider the prior offenses that led to your being placed on HTO status, and this could lead to harsh penalties.
Having an experienced DUI defense attorney will help you to minimize the penalties that you face at sentencing. If you cannot avoid a conviction for an HTO offense, we will fight to keep you out of jail, and present your situation in the best possible light to the judge.