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Hit-and-run charges in Colorado yield potentially heavy consequences

At the experienced traffic violations law firm of Shazam Kianpour & Associates, P.C., in Denver, we are certainly not averse to citing an arguably tabloid-tinged story to make an instructive and personally relevant point for our readers across Colorado.

In doing so, we note that stories involving celebrities or other figures somewhat known to the public often have value because an expanded audience tends to read them.

Such might be the case regarding Chris Soules, who we suspect many of our readers can identify from his past appearances on the popular "Bachelor" television show.

Soules' life recently took a decidedly harrowing turn following his involvement in a fatal crash pursuant to which he struck a tractor from behind. The driver of that vehicle died. Soules has been formally charged with felony hit-and-run in the case, and potentially faces up to five years in prison.

His story, we submit, serves well as a transition for drawing attention to Colorado laws regarding hit-and-run offenses.

As we note on our website, "hit-and-run charges are aggressively pursued throughout the entire state," especially across the Denver metro area.

Readers should know that two distinct charges can arise under state law addressing hit-and-run offenses. Namely, those are leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident, respectively.

Conviction on either one of those charges can easily yield materially adverse results, including these consequences:

  • 12 points assessed against the privilege to drive
  • Driver's license suspension
  • Other charges tacked on, such as reckless driving
  • Imposition of a jail term

Time is often of the essence for any individual facing a hit-and-run or other serious traffic offense. Timely consultation with a proven legal team that specializes in providing knowledgeable and diligent representation to Colorado residents in traffic violation cases can ensure strong advocacy that resolutely focuses on a best-case result.

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