Colorado traffic tickets are classified as either “offenses” or “infractions.” A traffic offense is actually a misdemeanor crime. It commonly requires a court appearance and, depending on the severity, might be punishable by jail time. Traffic infractions are considered civil matters, but the fines and points against your license can add up.
Before you decide to pay the fine or go to court on your own, you need to know where you stand. The attorneys at Flesch & Beck Law can advise and represent you if you are charged with a serious traffic offense or if you are determined to fight an unfair ticket. We handle traffic matters around the Metro Denver area and in other jurisdictions of Colorado.
A Traffic Offense Is Considered A Crime
Our trusted attorneys have successfully defended clients who were arrested or cited for major offenses, including:
- Driving under the influence (DUI/DWAI)
- Driving on a suspended license
- Hit-and-run (leaving the scene of an accident)
- Vehicular assault/vehicular manslaughter
- Reckless driving or careless driving
- Vehicular eluding (fleeing from police)
- Driving without insurance
A class 1 traffic offense carries up to one year in jail, fines up to $1,000, additional court costs and surcharges, and other penalties such as community service or traffic school. A class 2 offense is punishable by up to 90 days in jail, fines up to $300 and other discretionary penalties. As misdemeanors, these traffic crimes will appear on your record as criminal convictions. Your insurance company may raise your rates dramatically.
Our lawyers will accompany you to your court appearance and vigorously challenge the charges. We make every effort to dismiss or downgrade the charges, to avoid jail, to retain your driving privileges and to limit the financial hit. We are prepared to go to trial.
Should You Fight A Traffic Infraction?
We don’t recommend paying a ticket if there is a chance you can beat it. The question is whether to hire a lawyer or fight it yourself. It may not be cost-effective for you to have our lawyers go to court on a simple speeding citation or seat belt ticket. But we do represent clients on more serious infractions such as stoplight violations, six-point speeding tickets or illegal passing. It costs you nothing to get our initial evaluation.
Effective And Efficient Defense For Traffic Matters
You have a lot at stake, and we have the strategies to push back on traffic offenses. We represent clients in criminal proceedings, municipal courts and DMV hearings in Denver, Englewood and beyond.