Traffic Offense Attorney
Traffic offenses in Colorado vary in severity and scope. Most traffic tickets, for example, are considered minor infractions and don’t qualify as criminal charges, but civil charges. What fine you receive from a Colorado traffic ticket depends on which county the violation occurred. You are usually expected to pay a fine by mail, and may gain “penalty points” which are recorded by the Colorado Department of Revenue Division of Motor Vehicles.
You may have the option of contesting a traffic ticket by visiting your local municipal court. These tickets are usually issued for charges like speeding one to twenty-five or more miles above the speed limit, an unsafe lane change, failing to obey a traffic signal – like a streetlight, careless driving, or reckless driving.
Traffic tickets considered to be criminal charges are usually classified as misdemeanors in Colorado. These tickets may be issued for driving without a valid license, driving without insurance, or driving more than twenty-four miles per hour over the speed limit. Misdemeanor traffic offenses are classified as either class 1 or class 2, with class 1 being the more serious charge. With class 2, a defendant may expect a jail time up to 90 days with a $300 fine. With class 1, jail time may go up to a year, with fines up to $1,000. Both types of misdemeanors can also lead to performing public work, or paying to compensate a possible victim from the offense.
Serious misdemeanors are distinctly classified from traffic ticket misdemeanors. This charge includes violations such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving while under suspension or revocation, or driving while ability impaired. These charges bring more serious penalties than traffic tickets.
Felonies are the most serious violations in Colorado, and several traffic offenses can be classified as a felony. Examples of a Colorado traffic felony include:
- Avoiding a police officer, creating an injury risk due to recklessly driving the vehicle.
- Leaving the scene of an accident that brought serious injury.
- Driving with a revoked license due to a Habitual Traffic Offender charge.
- Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol.
- Driving the vehicle recklessly.
- Driving the vehicle being the cause of death to another person.
Preparing for your felony charge due to a traffic offense is something that can affect the course for the rest of your life. Do not settle for a lawyer that will not stand by you with your case. An experienced criminal defense attorney understands your rights and will fight for you. Contact us today to put experience on your side.