Denver Speeding Ticket Lawyer
If you’ve been pulled over and issued a speeding ticket but you don’t believe the ticket was warranted, reach out to a speeding ticket attorney in Denver to contest the ticket in court and fight to have the charges reduced or dismissed.
There’s no worse feeling than seeing the flashing lights of a police car behind you on a road in Denver and knowing you’re about to get in trouble. When the cop approaches your car and issues you a speeding ticket, it can be an infuriating feeling to disagree with the cops but not be able to do anything about it at that moment. Thankfully, you can contest your speeding ticket in court after the fact.
Speeding tickets come with fines and penalties that can affect your driving record and increase your insurance premium. If you don’t get the violation dropped, in some cases, your license can be suspended. If you believe your speeding ticket wasn’t warranted, it’s important to stand up for yourself and prove to the court why you deserve a pass.
An experienced Denver speeding ticket lawyer from Justice for Colorado can help negotiate on your behalf and increase your chances of victory. With a proper defense strategy in place, you may be able to break down the police officer’s case against you and protect both your driving privileges and your finances.
Penalties for Speeding in Denver
The penalties for speeding in Denver and the rest of Colorado vary based on how fast you were driving over the speed limit.
If you were driving 1 to 4 miles per hour over the maximum speed limit of 75 miles per hour, then the fine is $30. If you were trying 5 to 9 miles per hour over the speed limit, the fine is $70. If you were driving 10 to 19 miles per hour over the limit, the fine is $135. If you were driving 20 to 24 miles per hour over the limit, the fine is $200.
Speeding 25 miles per hour or more over the speed limit is considered a criminal misdemeanor charge and may come with a fine between $300 and $1000 as well as a jail sentence of ten days to one year.
If you’re found to have violated road traffic laws, there’s every possibility that you end up with a criminal record. Law enforcement officers actively charge thousands of lawbreakers caught contravening safety laws to discourage negligent behavior, and each offense committed comes with increasingly hefty fines.
Continually breaking road traffic laws can result in even more drastic action from the courts. If you’re found to pose a danger on the roads and haven’t heeded prior warnings, you may face suspension of your license, probation, or even jail time. Needless to say, the penalties for these offenses are severe, and it’s best to respect traffic laws for both your own sake and that of other road users.
Can I Really Go to Jail for a Speeding Ticket?
It’s absolutely possible that drivers convicted of speeding may face jail time under certain circumstances, though it’s far from the most likely outcome. Speeding typically results in fines that escalate alongside the number of offenses committed, but there have been examples of drivers repeatedly flouting road safety laws that have resulted in custodial sentences.
If you believe your circumstances make this a distinct possibility, your best course of action is to consult a criminal defense lawyer for representation. An attorney will be able to provide practical advice on potential outcomes and defend you to the best of their ability throughout the process. Having a lawyer in your service may prove invaluable in resolving your case without the need for serving jail time.
The Colorado Driving Points System and Speeding Tickets
Colorado works on a point system and attaches points to a driver’s record, depending on how severe the traffic violation is. This applies to speeding violations as well as other moving violations, including no proof of insurance and improper passing.
For Denver speeding violations between 5 and 9 miles per hour over the speed limit, one point will be added to a driver’s record. For speeding violations between 10 and 19 miles per hour over the speed limit, four points will be added to the driver’s record. For speeding violations between 20 and 39 miles per hour over the speed limit, six points will be added to the driver’s record.
When too many points are added to a driver’s record within a certain time period, or when a driver is under a certain age, the driver risks having their license suspended.
How Speeding Tickets Can Affect Your Car Insurance
Most car insurance companies have point systems of their own that correlate to increases in insurance premiums. For example, each point increase on your driving record from a speeding ticket may increase your insurance premium by $20 a month. It’s important to prevent points from being added to your driving record for this reason, among others.
Removing points from your driving record can be difficult and because your insurance premium is a recurring payment, you don’t want to see this bill go up. It’ll be hard to prove to your insurance that you’re a safe driver once they see those points added to your record.
How a Lawyer Can Defend You in Denver Court
Your speeding ticket lawyer in Denver can use various defense strategies to help reduce or dismiss your speeding charges, depending on the circumstances of your case. Some of the most common and effective defense strategies include the following:
- Mistake of Fact – Mistake of fact refers to the concept that you, as the driver, weren’t aware of the speed limit when you were charged with the speeding violation. For example, if you were pulled over on a back road where no speed signs were present, the ticket can be challenged because there was no way for you to know that you were breaking the law.
- Necessary Actions – It may be possible to argue that your speeding was for a necessary reason. For example, if you were speeding because your spouse was in labor and you were trying to get to the hospital, then this would be a necessary action.
- Maintaining Safety – If you were speeding as a way to maintain safety on the road, then we may be able to argue that your speeding was warranted. For example, if everyone else on the road was going the same speed as you and slowing down would have put you or other drivers in harm’s way, then this may be a proper defense.
- Lack of Evidence – We may be able to argue that the police officer who charged you with the speeding violation doesn’t have proper evidence or their evidence is false.
Appealing Your Speeding Ticket
If you’ve received a speeding ticket and don’t believe it was issued in a lawful manner, you have the option to appeal it. Your first step is to attend your hearing, and ensure you enter a ‘not guilty’ please when asked. Pleading guilty will limit your ability to contest your ticket greatly, no matter the pressure you may feel to do so.
It would be helpful to seek representation from a lawyer who counts speeding tickets among their areas of expertise. A professional attorney will have the experience needed to assess your case and best address the issue, making note of any weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and using them to assert your innocence.
Generally, the prosecution will rely on the testimony of the officer who determined that you were speeding and the technology they used to do so to make their case. Your lawyer may be able to discredit this evidence with factors that can affect accuracy, such as terrain, traffic conditions, weather, and human error. Witness testimonies and other evidence your lawyer is able to find that supports your account would also be greatly beneficial.
At the conclusion of your trial, you’ll receive a verdict from the judge presiding over the case. If you’re found ‘not guilty’ the case will be dismissed and your ticket invalidated, but a ‘guilty’ verdict will require you to pay both the fine and any court costs accrued. A lawyer’s advice may therefore help you decide whether appealing the ticket is truly in your best interest.
Do I Need a Speeding Ticket Lawyer?
While there’s no legal requirement that you find a lawyer to represent you, it’s definitely advisable. Lawyers possess a wealth of information they’re able to share with their clients and use to achieve the most desirable outcome possible. Self-representation risks you failing to present relevant information to the court, be it by accident or inexperience, whereas a law office is motivated to ensure you understand your rights and gather all the evidence necessary to make a compelling argument before the court.
As we’ve discussed above, flaws in the prosecution’s argument or the evidence they present may entirely change the outcome of your case. If a ticketing officer is found to have used their equipment incorrectly or used a VASCAR method of measurement, which is notoriously vulnerable to human error, a lawyer may be able to help their client avoid charges entirely and see the case dismissed.
Though the decision is ultimately yours, seeking representation is the best course of action if you’re intent on seeing your ticket dismissed.
Reach Out to a Denver Speeding Ticket Attorney
Speeding shouldn’t always be forgiven, but there are cases when speeding violations are given out too frequently and without proper knowledge of the circumstances. At Justice for Colorado, an attorney can help analyze your specific incident and build a defense that makes the judge understand your situation. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get your violation reduced or dismissed.
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Denver Speeding Ticket FAQ
Contesting a speeding ticket violation in Denver court can be scary when you aren't familiar with the legal process and aren't sure whether you'll win your case. But, with the help of an attorney, you'll feel more at ease moving forward. We've gone ahead and answered some of the most frequently asked questions below—that way, you can feel more knowledgeable about the process as a whole. If you have any specific questions regarding your case, feel free to schedule a no-obligation consultation with an attorney from our firm by filling out the contact form below.
What if I get a speeding ticket from a traffic camera in Denver?
Traffic camera tickets can be confusing because they don’t apply points toward your record and often, it can be unclear as to whether you need to pay a fine for them. Usually, you have the option to pay the fine, contest the ticket, or not pay until you’re served in person for the violation. There’s a chance that you’ll never be served in person, but a lawyer can help you assess your options.
What is the Habitual Traffic Offender Law in Denver?
The Habitual Traffic Offender Law in Colorado labels people as habitual traffic offenders if they’ve been convicted of three or more convictions from a list of serious traffic offenses within a seven-year period. This list includes things such as driving under the influence, reckless driving, driving without a license, and vehicular assault, homicide, or manslaughter.
What’s the difference between careless and reckless driving in speeding?
Careless driving is less severe than reckless driving and is usually charged when the driver unintentionally acts negligently. For example, distracted driving and illegal lane changes may be considered careless driving, whereas reckless driving involves willful negligence on behalf of the driver.