Serious Traffic Violations in Denver
Just being accused of committing a serious traffic violation can threaten the lifestyle and livelihood of even the safest driver. Traffic accidents happen all the time, and often, in the aftermath of the incident, it can be hard to identify the facts that reveal exactly what happened. If you’ve been charged with a serious traffic infraction, you’ll need the traffic incident defense skills of Pollart Miller’s experienced traffic defense attorneys to keep you out of jail and on the road.
Defining the Crime
There are many traffic rules and breaking any one of them could result in fines, a suspended license or even a criminal charge, depending on the circumstances of the case. The most common infractions involve speeding, running traffic lights, and reckless driving. These infractions are decriminalized, so jail time is not a concern. They often result in a fine or short-term suspension of the driver’s license. CRS § 42-4-1701.
More significant actions can warrant a criminal investigation if a person was injured or property was damaged during the incident. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a crime if the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is above certain limits. Engaging in a speed contest (racing) or intentionally driving away from the police to avoid that confrontation are also crimes.
Penalties on Two Fronts
Misdemeanor traffic offenses are more serious than traffic infractions and are punishable by fines and jail terms of less than one year. Felony traffic violations often involve damage to property or injury to a person and are punishable by larger fines and prison sentences of more than one year.
The Colorado DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) and the court system oversee the administration of vehicle-involved infractions or crimes. The DMV will suspend or revoke licenses and can impose fines on drivers who violate road rules.
In addition to the DMV sanctions, the courts will also impose fines and jail or prison terms on people who’ve violated traffic laws.
Legal Support for Traffic Violations
Losing your driver’s license for even a short period can seriously disrupt your life. The experienced traffic defense lawyers at Pollart Miller will work to ensure your life is disrupted a little as possible while you work your way through the Colorado traffic court system.