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Colorado Court of Appeals. Division III
Jan 8, 1987
736 P.2d 1264 (Colo. App. 1987)


No. 85CA0887

Decided January 8, 1987. Rehearing Denied February 12, 1987. Certiorari Denied Hoth May 11, 1987 (87SC113).

Appeal from the District Court of Adams County Honorable Harlan Bockman, Judge

Jeffrey S. English, for Plaintiff-Appellant.

Duane Woodard, Attorney General, Charles B. Howe, Chief Deputy Attorney General, Richard H. Forman, Solicitor General, Anthony S. Trumbly, Assistant Attorney General, for Defendants-Appellees.

Petitioner, Michael E. Hoth, appeals the judgment of the district court affirming an order of the Department of Revenue denying him a probationary driver's license. We affirm.

Petitioner's driver's license was revoked pursuant to § 42-2-122(1)(g), C.R.S. (1984 Repl. Vol. 17) after he was convicted of two alcohol-related traffic offenses within five years. After a hearing on the matter, the hearing officer denied petitioner's request for a probationary driver's license pursuant to § 42-2-122(4), C.R.S. (1984 Repl. Vol. 17), on the ground that aggravating circumstances, as set forth in Department of Revenue Regulation No. 2-122.4(B), 1 Code Colo. Reg. 204-8, weighed against it. Petitioner appealed the hearing officer's decision to the district court, which affirmed.

Petitioner contends that the Motor Vehicle Division abused its discretion in denying his request for a probationary license. We disagree.

The decision whether to grant a probationary license is within the sound discretion of the hearing officer, Edwards v. State, 42 Colo. App. 52, 592 P.2d 1345 (1978), and will be set aside as an abuse of discretion only if there is no competent evidence in the record to support it. Dolan v. Rust, 195 Colo. 173, 576 P.2d 560 (1978); Mitchell v. Charnes, 656 P.2d 719 (Colo.App. 1982).

Here, the hearing officer found the existence of two aggravating factors: petitioner's prior license suspension, see Regulation No. 2-122.4(B)(1)(b), 1 Code Colo. Reg. 204-8, and his repeated convictions for driving while ability impaired. See Regulation No. 2-122.4(B)(1)(d), 1 Code Colo. Reg. 204-8. There was competent evidence to support the hearing officer's findings of aggravating circumstances and, therefore, to sustain the denial of a probationary license. Hence, this court is precluded from further review of the soundness of that denial. See Elkins v. Charnes, 682 P.2d 70 (Colo.App. 1984); Sonoda v. State, 664 P.2d 259 (Colo.App. 1983).

Petitioner argues that the hearing officer failed to take into account the hardship to him that would result from denial of a probationary license. However, hardship to the applicant is merely one factor to be considered by the hearing officer, Edwards v. State, supra, and the record discloses no abuse of discretion in that regard.

Petitioner's argument that the hearing officer failed to consider as a mitigating factor his successful completion of a Level II alcohol education and therapy program is without merit. Completion of such a program is a prerequisite to application for a probationary license, not a mitigating factor to be considered in its granting or denial. Section 42-2-122(4), C.R.S. (1984 Repl. Vol. 17).

Order affirmed.


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Colorado Court of Appeals. Division III
Jan 8, 1987
736 P.2d 1264 (Colo. App. 1987)
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Case Details

Full title:Michael E. Hoth, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. Alan M. Charnes, Director of the…

Court:Colorado Court of Appeals. Division III

Date published: Jan 8, 1987


736 P.2d 1264 (Colo. App. 1987)

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