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Explaining Colorado criminal traffic charges

The majority of tickets issued by police officers to drivers are minor in nature. They are known as infractions. These infractions often deal with nonmoving violations, mechanical violations and moving violations that are of the nondangerous nature. But, what happens when a driver is issued a criminal traffic ticket with a misdemeanor or more serious charge on it? Let's take a look at those charges in this post.

There is a slew of offenses that can be charged criminally against drivers in Colorado, and they include any of the following:

  • Habitual traffic offender
  • Reckless driving
  • Driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Driving without a proper license
  • Driving on a suspended license
  • Fleeing the scene of a crash
  • Careless driving
  • Hit and run
  • Vehicular manslaughter or vehicular homicide
  • Attempting to evade police

For the most part, the majority of criminal traffic offenses are charged as misdemeanors. Even a first-time DUI is levied against you as a misdemeanor. There are times when the charge can be elevated to a felony. A felony is often levied when you are charged with DUI that has left someone seriously injured or has resulted in someone's death.

There is a range of penalties associated with criminal traffic charges, and they depend on the severity of the charge. You could be hit with a fine and a couple of days in jail for a misdemeanor or a prison sentence and license suspension with a felony.

Criminal traffic charges are serious offenses that drivers should not ignore. It's important to fight these charges, especially if a device was involved like a Breathalyzer, to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC) level. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you build a defense to these traffic charges.

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