You were just pulled over and given a speeding ticket in Colorado. You are frustrated and want to know what your options are in trying to decide whether to fight the ticket. As in so many instances “the devil is in the details” and every case and courthouse is completely different as to how they handle traffic matters.
A consideration that most people do not understand is that in Colorado speeding tickets are generally divided into two distinct categories. The first category is a “Traffic Infraction” which is considered civil in nature. This category is generally reserved for those speeding tickets which are do not exceed 24 miles per hour over the speed limit. These infractions are different in that the State of Colorado has specifically created rules that only apply to “infractions” because of their noncriminal nature. As I mentioned before, the devil is in the details. These rules can often determine what sort of outcome can be negotiated and also provide for a much different process if you decide to fight your ticket at a hearing (a.k.a. trial).
The way these infractions are treated at court also depend upon the courthouse. For example, a four point traffic infraction issued in the Denver Courts may be treated differently than a four point traffic infraction issued in the Gunnison County Court.
The second category that speeding tickets fall into is a “Traffic Offense.” As far as speeding tickets are concerned these are for those tickets which are given for speeds greater than 25 miles per hour. Traffic offenses are considered “criminal” in nature and are subject to different rules and procedures compared to “traffic infractions.” The possible penalties are also different than “traffic infractions.”
Whether you have a “traffic infraction” or a “traffic offense” the process can be very confusing. Bottom line, if you find yourself charged with speeding an attorney is a quick call away. Be fully advised as to your options and be ready to defend your license.
While we hope you benefit from the information we posted above, it is important to note that we always suggest you contact an attorney to advise you and walk you through the legal process so that you can achieve the best possible result.