Colorado Springs Traffic Attorney
Lawyer for Traffic Citations in Colorado Springs, Parker and Pueblo
Were you charged or cited for a traffic violation in or near Colorado Springs? Speak with a criminal defense lawyer at Clawson & Clawson, LLP today. Most traffic citations are infractions, but some more serious offenses such as DUI are misdemeanors and can even be charged as felonies for repeat offenses of the same nature. Instead of paying the ticket or going to traffic school, fight it! By paying a ticket, you are essentially admitting guilt. Our team of Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyers can fight for you to get your traffic violation reduced or dismissed.
Types of Traffic Violations We Handle
At Clawson & Clawson, we handle a number of different traffic offenses:
According to the Colorado Traffic Code § 1401, reckless driving is operating a vehicle with willful disregard for the safety of others. Reckless driving is a class 2 misdemeanor traffic offense in the state of Colorado. For a second or subsequent reckless driving conviction, a person can face up to $1,000 in fines and imprisonment up to six months.
Driving over the designated speed limit can warrant a traffic citation in Colorado and increased penalties for doing so in a construction zone. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation (DOT), the speed limit for mountain roads is 20mph, business district roads are 25mph, residential districts are 30mph, mountain highways are 40mph, open highways are 65mph and rural interstate routes are 75mph.
Failure to Yield
Failure to yield the right of way to another vehicle or a pedestrian is a traffic offense. Pedestrians are required to use designated crosswalks to cross streets and drivers must stop to let them cross. Failure to yield offenses can also take place at stop signs and other intersections. Most failure to yield offenses are class A traffic infractions.
Assault / Homicide with a Motor Vehicle
Vehicular assault, according to Colorado Statute § 13-3-205 can be charged as a class 5 or class 4 felony offense. This crime involved operating a vehicle recklessly or under the influence of a drug/alcohol that results in serious bodily injury to another. Reckless or intoxicated driving resulting in the death of another is vehicular homicide (§ 18-3-106). This can be charged as a class 3 or class 4 felony.
Leaving the Scene
Accidents involving damage (§ 42-4-1602 CRS) where the driver fails to stop and give notice/render aid are charged as class 2 misdemeanor traffic offenses. These are also called "hit-and-run" accidents.
Driving on a Suspended License
Unlawful possession or use of a license (§ 42-2-136 CRS) includes operating a motor vehicle while your license is suspended or revoked. These and related traffic offenses are charged as class 2 misdemeanors.
Driving under the influence of alcohol can warrant up to nine months' license suspension, up to one year in jail, up to $1,000 in fines and up to 96 hours of public service. These are the potential penalties for a first offense. Second and subsequent offenses or offenses with aggravating factors are more serious and can even be charged as felonies.
Facing license suspension for too many points?
Adults 21 years or older can have their licenses suspended for up to 12 months if they receive 12 points against their license. 18 points against an adult license can warrant 24 months of license suspension. Suspension laws are more strict for minor drivers. A driver does not automatically get their license back after their suspension period is over; they must pay a $95 reinstatement fee and submit an Application for Reinstatement (DR-2870). Each traffic offense will warrant a different amount of points against your driver's license. Your citation will include information about how many points are against your record and whether or not your license is being suspended.
Criminal Defense Lawyer in Parker, Pueblo & Colorado Springs
Traffic offenses, even infractions, can be contested. If you have been issued an infraction, misdemeanor or felony traffic offense then be sure to discuss your case with a traffic attorney at Clawson & Clawson, LLP today. Our law firm has more than 120 years of collective experience and can help you fight your ticket. For an evaluation of your case, call our law firm today.