Traffic tickets can happen to anyone. Even the best drivers will occasionally speed or make a mistake when it comes to the rules of the road. However, just because we as drivers accept that we might receive a ticket for our driving does not mean that we should simply accept all the consequences that can come along with it. Many people are under the false belief that traffic tickets are rarely worth fighting, and will make the mistake of accepting the full penalties of pleading guilty to the ticket. These penalties can include fines, points against your license, expensive and time-consuming defensive driving classes, performing public service, or losing your license altogether. Additionally, the overall cost of your insurance may increase, or you could even be dropped from your insurance policy entirely. The fact is that, with help from an experienced attorney, most traffic tickets can either be defended against or negotiated down to a lesser violation, resulting in a vastly better outcome than simply pleading guilty to the ticket. Our practiced traffic ticket attorneys at Patterson Weaver Law can help.
Traffic tickets in Colorado are typically either considered traffic infractions, or misdemeanor traffic offenses. Traffic infractions come in either “Class A” or “Class B” variations, and are not criminal charges, but civil in nature. Class B traffic infractions are the least serious traffic tickets, and include minor violations such as operating a motor vehicle without wearing a seatbelt or having defective head lights or brake lights. Class B infractions can come with fines between $15 and $100. Class A traffic infractions come with the risk of fines and can also result in points against your license. Infractions include things such as speeding less than 25 miles per hour, disobeying traffic signals, passing lane violations, turning and stopping violations, failing to pay tolls, and having an open marijuana or alcohol container. If you received a speeding ticket or any other traffic infraction in the Colorado Springs area, contact Patterson Weaver Law today to find out whether you should be represented by an attorney.
Unlike traffic infractions, misdemeanor traffic offenses are criminal in nature. Class 2 misdemeanor traffic offenses include violations such as speeding 25 miles per hour or more over the speed limit, reckless driving, careless driving, and engaging in speed exhibitions. Class 1 traffic misdemeanors include violations such as speeding 25 miles per hour over in a construction zone, careless driving causing injury or death, engaging in a speed contest, and failing to provide proof of insurance. The penalties for Class 2 traffic misdemeanors in Colorado are a minimum of 10 days jail and/or $150 fine, up to a maximum of 90 days jail and/or $300 fine. The penalties for a Class 1 traffic misdemeanor are even more severe, ranging from a minimum of 10 days jail and/or a $300 fine, up to a maximum of one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
Traffic tickets can also result in points against your license. In Colorado, a driver’s license will be suspended if that driver accumulates a certain number of points on their record:
- For adults over the age of 21, a driver’s license will be suspended if after receiving 12 points in a one-year period, or 18 points within two years.
- For adults aged 18 to 21, a driver’s license will be suspended after 9 points in a one-year period, 12 points in two years, or 14 total points until the age of 21.
- Minors’ licenses will be suspended after only 6 points in a one-year period, or 7 total points until the age of adulthood.
At Patterson Weaver Law, our traffic ticket lawyers have extensive experience helping clients in the Colorado Springs area keep their licenses by reducing the points against them. Even in cases where the points against your license cannot be decreased below the amount of suspension, a skilled attorney can argue on your behalf, and may be able to help you get a probationary driver’s license, allowing you to retain some driving privileges such as driving to work, school, child-care, and other necessary locations.
Even if your license is not at risk of being suspended, receiving certain traffic tickets and having points against your license will often have the unpleasant side effect of increasing your overall cost of insurance. Hiring an effective traffic lawyer to handle your ticket significantly helps your chances of lowering your traffic charges and decreasing points against your license, potentially saving you money on fines, insurance, and many other costs. Additionally, having a history of traffic tickets makes it more difficult to get a positive outcome with any future traffic tickets you may receive. Taking proper care of your ticket now in order to maintain the best driving record possible can save you time, money, and points against your license in the future.
If you have been issued a speeding ticket, or any other traffic ticket in the Colorado Springs and El Paso County area, contact Patterson Weaver Law right away for a free consultation. Our knowledgeable traffic ticket attorneys can help you mitigate the negative consequences of your ticket and may be able to help you get the charges lowered, or possibly even dropped altogether. Do not let a driving mistake impact your life any more than it needs to. Call Patterson Weaver Law today.
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