Traffic Offenses

Traffic offenses in Colorado include both moving and non-moving violations which can be found in the Colorado Revised Statues. In addition to a state charge, various cities have municipal codes which reflect, but are not necessarily identical to, state statutes. Traffic offenses can range from petty offenses to misdemeanors.

Typical traffic offenses in Colorado include:

  • Careless driving (injury) (class 1 traffic misdemeanor)
  • Careless driving (no injury) (class 2 traffic misdemeanor)
  • Defective vehicle (traffic infraction)
  • Defective headlamp (traffic infraction)
  • Driving while license is under suspension/revocation/cancellation (class 2 traffic misdemeanor)
  • Expired plates (traffic infraction)
  • Following too closely (traffic infraction)
  • No proof of insurance (class 1 traffic misdemeanor)
  • No valid operators license (class 2 traffic misdemeanor)
  • Obstructed windshield (traffic infraction)
  • Reckless driving (class 2 traffic misdemeanor)
  • Speeding 1-4 miles per hour over the posted speed limit (traffic infraction)
  • Speeding 5-9 miles per hour over the posted speed limit (traffic infraction)
  • Speeding 10-19 miles per hour over the posted speed limit (traffic infraction)
  • Speeding 20-24 miles per hour over the posted speed limit (traffic infraction)
  • Speeding 25-39 miles per hour over the posted speed limit (class 2 misdemeanor)
  • Speeding 40+ miles per hour over the posted speed limit (class 2 misdemeanor)
  • Eluding (class 2 misdemeanor)
  • Failure to remain (class 2 misdemeanor)
  • Hit & run (no injury) (class 2 misdemeanor)
  • Racing (speed contest) (class 1 misdemeanor)
  • Driving while under the influence/Driving while ability impaired (discussed in separate subsection under “criminal defense”)

Class 1 traffic misdemeanors have a maximum potential jail sentence not to exceed 12 months and/or a fine up to $1,000.00. Class 2 traffic misdemeanors have a maximum potential jail sentence not to exceed 90 days and/or a fine up to $300.00. In addition, an individual may be required to pay court costs, commit to community service (useful public service), pay restitution to any injured victims, and/or other requirements, penalties, or statutory provisions relating to traffic offenses.

Traffic penalties can result in suspensions of your privilege and right to drive. Continuing to drive while your license is under suspension can eventually result in a penalty known as being a “habitual traffic offender” which can carry heft fines and jail time. Your insurance rates can skyrocket, and you may be prevented from certain employment opportunities which require a good driving record such as being a commercial truck driver or other type of driving service provider.

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