Even the most cautious and law-abiding driver can end up being cited for a traffic violation at some point. Whether you have been issued a ticket for a simple moving violation or have been charged with a serious traffic offense, it is best to contact a Loveland traffic lawyer.
In addition to being fined, some traffic violations can result in points accumulating on the driving record. Accumulating too many points can result in suspension or revocation of your driver’s license. Our seasoned defense legal team at Nicol Gersch Petterson could work to help you avoid the consequences of a conviction such as points on the driving record for traffic violations or offenses.
Driving over the speed limit can result in being fined and having points added to your driving record. A knowledgeable traffic attorney in Loveland could explain the point system, including the number of points that could be assessed for speeding at a specific rate. The points assessed and corresponding fines for speeding tickets are as follows:
Drivers who surpass the speed limit by 25 miles per hour or more could also be confined in jail for between ten and 90 days. Additionally, repeated violations of the speed limit could place a driver in the habitual offender category, which could ultimately result in the driver’s license being revoked.
In Loveland, drivers with a history of committing traffic violations or offenses are identified as habitual offenders. The law requires that an individual’s license to drive be revoked as soon as that driver is identified as a habitual traffic offender. Further, habitual offenders who drive while their license is revoked can be charged with a class 1 misdemeanor, which carries a sentence of up to 18 months in jail.
Individuals labeled as habitual offenders include those who have accumulated three or more convictions within seven years for such offenses as reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, driving under the influence (DUI), and vehicular assault or homicide, including criminally negligent homicide. Habitual traffic offenders also include individuals with ten or more convictions for moving violations within five years, in which each violation resulted in four or more points being assessed on the driving record. Alternatively, 18 or more convictions within five years for moving violations that provided for an assessment of no more than three points each on the driving record can also cause a driver to be recognized as a habitual offender.
The vehicles and traffic title of the Colorado Revised Statutes outlines several other traffic infractions, violations, and offenses beyond speeding. Examples of other traffic offenses include:
The sanctions for some traffic offenses, such as reckless driving, can include time in jail. For example, a person could serve up to six months in jail for reckless driving when there is at least one prior conviction.
The maximum penalties that can be imposed for a first DUI conviction include a one-year jail sentence, a $1,000 fine, 96 hours of community service, and up to two years on probation. A seasoned lawyer who knows traffic laws in Loveland could explain the sanctions for other traffic-related offenses.
Do not risk having your license suspended or revoked by ignoring a traffic citation or trying to defend yourself against criminal charges for a traffic-related offense.
Speak with Jenn and Justie at Nicol Gersch Petterson about any traffic-related charges or tickets before trying to resolve them on your own. Schedule a consultation with a Loveland traffic attorney today.