Colorado traffic laws cover everything from parking tickets to driving while intoxicated. In addition to traffic police, who give you a ticket directly, Colorado uses cameras to capture moving violations, like speeding and running red lights, and these tickets arrive by mail.
Infraction vs. Violation
In general, if you receive a ticket for an infraction, it’s a civil offense. You can pay the fine—usually by mail—or contest the violation. If you contest the infraction, you have to appear in traffic court, though you may receive a plea deal.
If you opt to appear in court, consider hiring an experienced traffic ticket attorney. Your attorney can request a hearing, manage the discovery process, negotiate with the prosecutor, and, if necessary, represent you in court.
Colorado uses a points system for traffic violations. If you earn too many points within a designated period, your license could be suspended for up to a year.
If you already have points and you receive a ticket with enough points to put you at risk of suspension, contact a traffic ticket attorney. The team at the Law Offices of James Colgan has experience negotiating for reduction or dismissal of charges.
If you choose to contest your ticket, you will have to appear in traffic court. The prosecutor will most likely offer you a plea deal, which will allow you to plead guilty to a lesser charge, with a reduction of the fine or points.
You are not obligated to accept the plea deal and can choose to go to court instead. You’ll receive a trial date at this first appearance, usually for about six weeks later.
If you do not pay the traffic fine or appear in court on the appointed date, the court will issue an arrest warrant against you. If you are arrested for a traffic violation, contact a traffic ticket attorney for assistance.
Driving Under the Influence
A blood alcohol level over .08% is grounds to charge you with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. If this is your first DUI, it is a misdemeanor under Colorado’s criminal code. If you have three or more DUI convictions already, your fourth and subsequent DUI charges will count as felonies.
Penalties for a DUI conviction include license suspension according to the points system, community service, alcohol treatment, and jail time. Each subsequent conviction leads to more significant penalties, including longer jail time.
You can defend yourself against a DUI charge, even if your blood alcohol level is above the lowest limit. With all of the elements required to prove a DUI—age, blood alcohol content, driver identification, etc.—a DUI attorney can make a difference in the outcome of your case, from the charge itself to the punishment you receive.
Do not attempt to fight a DUI charge without a skilled DUI attorney, especially if it is not your first time being charged with DUI. The Law Offices of James Colgan have the experience and knowledge to navigate the Colorado traffic court system. Contact us today at 1(303) 990-0621 to schedule a consultation.