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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.