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Colorado and Denver Traffic Offenses

Unlike traffic infractions, traffic offenses are serious enough that they are considered criminal offenses and carry the potential for jail time; however, actually receiving jail time is a relatively rare occurrence. Similar to traffic infractions, traffic offenses are broken up into two categories: Class 1 misdemeanor traffic offenses, and Class 2 misdemeanor traffic offenses. Class 1 offenses are more serious than Class 2 offenses.

Examples of Class 1 offenses include speed contests, more commonly known as drag-racing; careless driving that results in injury to another person; driving without insurance; and speeding more than 25 miles per hour over the speed limit through a construction zone. Class 1 offenses cannot be heard by a magistrate nor can the tickets be mailed in, they must be heard by a judge. The maximum penalty for a conviction of a Class 1 offense is a $1,000 fine, one year in jail, or both. Because the potential penalties are high for Class 1 offenses, it may be worth speaking to an attorney to represent you or help guide you through the process.

Class 2 offenses are less serious offenses than Class 1 offenses but still carry the potential for jail time. Examples of Class 2 offenses include speeding more than 25 miles over the speed limit, careless driving; reckless driving; engaging in a speed exhibition; or operating a vehicle with a radar jamming device. Maximum penalties for Class 2 offenses are a $300 fine, 90 days in jail, or both. Class 2 traffic offenses. Class 2 offenses may be seen by a magistrate or a judge but cannot be mailed in.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is intended to be general information only and not legal advice. Laws change frequently and the information on this website may not be up to date, nor is the information intended to be fully comprehensive. For legal advice specific to your case please contact J.D. Porter, LLC or another licensed attorney.