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 100 years
of collective experience and can help you fight your ticket.
For an evaluation of your case, call our law firm today at