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In Colorado, most traffic violations carry “points.” The more serious the charge, the more points will be counted against your Colorado driver’s license. Too many points against your driver’s license can suspend you for up to one year. Too many points will also raise your car insurance rates. You need an experienced Colorado Springs traffic lawyer on your side to protect your right to drive and ensure that you are not overly burdened by the price and effect of having too many points assessed against your privilege to drive.

Driving under revocation (DUR) is one of the most serious traffic offenses. If you are convicted of driving under revocation, there is a mandatory jail sentence and a conviction will extend the period of your license revocation. At the Right Law Group, we understand the complexities of these types of cases and will work hard to avoid jail sentences. We can assist you in the process of reinstating your driver’s license as well!

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OUR COLORADO SPRINGS TRAFFIC LAWYERS HELP PROTECT YOUR LICENSE

Here’s the thing: Even though getting a traffic ticket or moving violation may not seem like a major issue, many times just paying a fine without fighting the ticket can have serious negative impacts on your license and your life. Aside from how a ticket affects your driving privilege, traffic tickets can also be expensive, time consuming, and can have additional costs and fines. This means higher insurance rates down the road, meaning you will pay a far higher cost in the long run. Some traffic violations also have the risk of losing your driver’s license or the possibility of jail time as a consequence. The reality is that FIGHTING your moving violation is a better path because your probability of dismissal is higher than most other criminal charges and you avoid any and all potential criminal charges.

Here is a short list of some traffic offenses that have criminal penalties associated with them. Our Colorado Springs traffic lawyers have successfully helped our clients when dismissals or reductions on all of these types of traffic violations:

  • Driving without a license
  • Driving with an expired license
  • Careless driving
  • Weaving
  • Reckless driving
  • Using a license or ID belonging to someone else
  • Allowing an unlicensed person to drive your vehicle
  • Using a tag not assigned to your vehicle
  • Driving an unregistered vehicle
  • Driving a vehicle with an expired registration
  • Driving with a suspended license (DSUS)
  • Driving when your license has been revoked (DUR)
  • Leaving the scene of an accident (hit-and-run)
  • Eluding a police officer
  • Drag racing on a public road
  • Driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Driving while impaired (DWAI)
  • Refusing a Breathalyzer
  • Getting multiple traffic tickets – habitual traffic offender

A couple of traffic tickets will cost you time and money; a few more may raise your car insurance rates for years to come. One or two serious traffic violations could cost you your driver’s license and that will change your way of life. It is worth it to take traffic tickets seriously, especially if you have had a few tickets in the past few years or if your job depends upon your ability to drive.

Don’t let one wrong decision impact your life, job or freedom.

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MULTIPLE TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS

While it may seem like a traffic ticket is not as serious as other traffic violations, tickets can become overwhelming, taking time out of your life, leading to insurance consequences and increased financial burdens. Usually people who have traffic tickets have to take at least one day off work just to attend the initial meeting with the DA. That meeting usually involves hours of sitting around waiting for a 5-minute conversation with an overworked DA. If you decide to not attend court and just pay a fine, you could be saving yourself time, but you risk getting multiple points assessed against your license as well as paying far more on a ticket than you would if you attended the in-person meeting. When you hire Right Law Group, we can handle the majority of those issues for you which allow you to continue on with your life without the added stress. Our initial consultation is free, so contact our office to see how we can take the stress out of this process for you.

DO YOU REALLY NEED A COLORADO SPRINGS TRAFFIC LAWYER?

If you have received a traffic ticket or traffic violation, we recommend you consult with an experienced Colorado Springs traffic lawyer. If you have been arrested or ticketed for a driving offense you need a defense that can significantly change the outcome of the case. Traffic charges can carry hefty financial penalties as well as the real possibility of jail time. Our traffic defense attorneys analyze the case to see whether the police officer’s equipment was malfunctioning or improperly calibrated. We evaluate whether the officer had a valid reason to stop you and whether you were in a situation that forced you into the violation such as being tailgated by another car or swerving to avoid a potential accident. These types of defenses can radically change the outcome of your case and potentially save you multiple points on your license and save you time and money.

Colorado criminal procedure

  • Arrest or
    Summons
    01

    Arrest or
    Summons

    The process begins with either an arrest or a summons. The accused is either arrested or served with paperwork summoning them to appear in court. During an arrest, Miranda rights may or may not be read to you. Officers are only required to recite your rights if they intend to question you about potentially incriminating things.

  • Bond Hearing
    02

    Bond Hearing

    In most cases, you're entitled to have a reasonable bond set after you've been arrested. In situations involving domestic violence, the police will request input from the victim before setting a bond. Bonds are set to ensure that a person appears in court at their court dates. If they don’t show up, they forfeit the money that was paid for the bond.

  • Advisement of
    Charges
    03

    Advisement of
    Charges

    Whether you are arrested or given a summons to appear, the court must make sure you understand what crimes you are being accused of committing. This is called advisement of charges. The District Attorney will detail the specific charges against you, and the Judge has to make sure you understand what possible penalties are associated with that charge in the state.

  • Preliminary Hearing
    (for Higher Felony
    Charges)
    04

    Preliminary Hearing
    (for Higher Felony
    Charges)

    A preliminary hearing is a way for your defense attorney to challenge the District Attorney’s right to bring charges against you by making them prove that there is reason to believe you committed a crime. The Judge is not deciding your guilt or innocence, but rather whether or not there is probable cause to charge you with the crime in question.

  • Pretrial Conference /
    Disposition
    Hearing
    05

    Pretrial Conference /
    Disposition
    Hearing

    This court date comes after your attorney has reviewed all of the reports and evidence in your case. Here’s where your attorney will engage in plea negotiations with the DA. If they can reach an agreement on the case, you may be able to take a plea bargain. If they cannot reach a resolution, your case will be set for an arraignment or trial date.

  • Arraignment
    06

    Arraignment

    An arraignment is the final date for you to decide how you choose to plea. Guilty or not guilty. If you plead guilty, then the case is set for a sentencing date. If you plead not guilty, you and your attorney will then set the case for trial.

  • Motions Hearing
    07

    Motions Hearing

    A motion hearing is when an attorney makes a request that requires a decision from the judge. For example, motions to suppress evidence or statements. These motions can limit the information that goes before a jury if it benefits your case, and there are legal grounds for doing so.

  • Pretrial Readiness
    Conference
    08

    Pretrial Readiness
    Conference

    A pretrial readiness conference is held at some point before trial. It usually is held about a week to a month before the date trial is set to begin. This court date ensures everyone is ready to go to trial on the set date. It is also a time for lawyers to bring up any issues they may have to be addressed before the day of trial.

  • Jury Trial
    09

    Jury Trial

    After a jury is selected for trial, the District Attorney’s responsibility is to present the case to the jury. The DA must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of the crime. Otherwise, the jury must find you innocent. Your attorney will be able to cross-examine all of the witnesses, present evidence, and ultimately help you navigate this process.

  • Sentencing
    Date
    10

    Sentencing
    Date

    At sentencing, the Judge must decide the appropriate legal penalty for the crime you plead guilty. The Judge’s decision is based on the listed penalties for the specific charge, recommendations from the presentence investigation, your criminal history, as well as statements made at the sentencing by the District Attorney, your attorney, you, and any named victims of the crime.

What is the sentence for misdemeanors in Colorado?

  • Class 1

  • 6 to 18 months in county jail, and/or
  • $500 to $5,000 in fines
  • For extraordinary risk class 1 misdemeanors, the maximum jail sentence is 24 months.
  • For 3rd-degree assault (CRS 18-3-204), the maximum sentence can be 48 months if the victim was on duty as a:
    • Peace officer,
    • Emergency medical provider,
    • Firefighter, or
    • Mental health professional at the Department of Human Services.
  • Class 2

  • 3 to 12 months in county jail, and/or
  • $250 to $1,000 in fines
  • Class 3

  • Up to 6 months of county jail, and/or
  • $50 to $750 in fines2

What are Colorado felony penalties?

  • Class 1

  • Life imprisonment
  • No Colorado crime carries the death penalty.
  • Class 2

  • 8 – 24 years in Colorado State Prison, and/or
  • $5,000 – $1,000,000
  • 5 years of mandatory parole if the offense is a crime of violence. Otherwise, 3 years of mandatory parole.
  • Class 3

  • 4 – 12 years in prison, and/or
  • $3,000 – $750,000
  • 3 years of mandatory parole
  • For extraordinary risk class 3 felonies, the maximum sentence is 16 years in prison.
  • Class 4

  • 2 – 6 years in prison, and/or
  • $2,000 – $500,000
  • 3 years of mandatory parole
  • For extraordinary risk class 4 felonies, the maximum sentence is 8 years in prison.
  • Class 5

  • 1 – 3 years in prison, and/or
  • $1,000 – $100,000
  • 2 years of mandatory parole
  • For extraordinary risk class 5 felonies, the maximum sentence is 4 years in prison.
  • Class 6

  • 1 – 18 months years in prison, and/or
  • $1,000 – $100,000
  • 1 year of mandatory parole
  • For extraordinary risk class 6 felonies, the maximum sentence is 2 years in prison.

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Protect Your License and Your Pocketbook

Traffic violations may not seem like a big deal, but they can add up to some unwelcome consequences.

If you are unsure of what steps to take, contact Right Law Group today for a free case evaluation. You may be able to keep your license. Call us now to get help. An experienced Colorado Springs Traffic lawyer can help get you through this. Contact us today for a FREE consultation.