Have you been charged with a traffic offense or DUI in relation to a Car Accident?
Careless Driving 42-4-1401 is defined in Colorado as a person who drives a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner without due regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic, and use of the streets and highways and all other attendant circumstances. It is a misdemeanor traffic offense with more serious penalties if the act results in injury or death to another person. A conviction results in a four points penalty against a Colorado driver's license.
One must always be concerned about restitution and potential collateral consequences when charged with an offense such as this. Just because you are accused doesn't mean you are guilty. Often state troopers, county deputies, or police officers will just charge this when they don't know what happens. Don't fold like a cheap card table if you're faced with such charges.
Check your Colorado Driver's History here: https://dmv.colorado.gov/purchase-motor-vehicle-record-mvr-letter-clearance
Adults 21+ generally are allowed to accumulate up to 12-points in a year or 18-points in a two year period. If you are facing a revocation due to the accumulation of points you should talk to an attorney. There are tactics and negotiations that could be available to allow you to keep your driver's license. Know your rights!
Driving Under Restraint, 42-2-138: if you drive without a suspended driver's license in Colorado you can face the charge of driving under restraint. For a non-alcohol revocation this is usually handled as a fine though jail could be involved. For those revoked due a violation of Express Consent through DMV (either a refusal or having over an .08 BAC), a conviction for DUI or other similar offense the penalty for "DUR-Alc" could be a mandatory minimum 30 days in jail. It is therefore important to know the status of your driver's license. You can check the status of your Colorado Driver's License at https://mydmv.colorado.gov/_/#2
Driving After Revocation Prohibited, 42-2-206: is charged when someone designated as a habitual traffic offender is is caught driving on a revoked license. There is a possible mandatory minimum term of 30 days in jail and/or a $3000 fine. The jail can sometimes be avoided by the performance of Useful Public (Community) Service.
In Colorado Hit & Run is covered by several statutes.
Any of these offenses can result in a fine and/or jail as well as a 12-point offense that can revoke a driver's license.
What if I or a vehicle belonging to me was involved in an accident that has not been reported to law enforcement?
Eluding 42-4-1413: occurs when a person disregards an audio or visual siren from a law enforcement vehicle and willfully increases speed, extinguishes their lights, or willfully attempts to elude the police officer. This version of eluding is a class 2 misdemeanor traffic offense.
No Proof of Insurance 42-4-1409: in Colorado a person is required have valid car insurance while operating a motor vehicle and provide proof of that when requested by a peace officer. There is a minimum $500 fine for a first offense and a person can be jailed on this charge.
Reckless Driving, 42-4-1401 in Colorado is defined as a person who drives a motor vehicle in such a manner as to indicate a wanton and willful disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving. It is classified as a class two misdemeanor traffic offense punishable by fine and/or jail.
Were you injured in wreck were reckless driving was involved?