Denver Traffic Ticket Lawyer
If you were pulled over, and that interaction resulted in a ticketing, you may feel you have no options. Many clients think they should just pay, since fighting your case in probate court may be expensive or time-consuming. But traffic violations are civil violations or infractions, and they can hurt your future.
Many people don’t have the information or knowledge needed to know what to expect if they’re charged with one of these violations. Unfortunately, you may be facing harsh penalties for your case.
For example, you may be facing points and penalties to your license, you may lose your right to drive, and you may even face long-term penalties for your auto insurance. This outcome can impact your personal and professional life. Our lawyers are prepared to address your concerns and help you get the positive outcome you’re due.
Penalties for Denver Traffic Tickets
Colorado uses a point system to determine the penalties of your traffic ticket. Each moving violation will come with specific fines and a specific number of points. These points will be added to your driving record and, once you accrue a certain number of points and depending on your age, your license could be suspended.
If you’re under the age of 18 and you accrue six points in one year or seven or more points total through traffic tickets, you can get a license suspension. 18- to 21-year-olds can get a license suspension if they accrue nine points in one year, twelve points in two years, or fourteen points total. Adult drivers can face a license suspension if they accrue twelve points in one year or eighteen points in two years.
Because the penalties for a traffic violation can be so harsh, you may need to speak with traffic ticket lawyers about your situation. They can help you avoid these points and penalties in many cases. Some of Colorado’s point values for moving violations include the following:
- Speeding (5-9 mph over the limit): one point
- Failure to provide proof of insurance: four points
- Improper passing: four points
- Distracted driving: four points
- Speeding (10-19 mph over the limit): four points
- Careless driving: four points
- Speeding (20-39 mph over the limit): six points
- Reckless driving: eight points
- Driving under the influence: twelve points
- Evading an officer: twelve points
- Leaving the scene of an accident: twelve points
How Traffic Tickets Affect Your Auto Insurance
Your car insurance company may also have a point system in place for all ages of drivers. When the points are raised on your driving record through traffic tickets, your insurance premium will likely increase. Moving violations show your insurance company you’re dangerous on the road and more likely to get in accidents, which, in turn, means you’re more expensive to insure.
But insurance companies provide a necessary service, and without it, you may lose your rights to drive. As a client, you can rest easy knowing your lawyer is prepared to negotiate with your insurer and represent you, to protect your future.
It’s important to hire a traffic ticket lawyer in Denver to defend you in court and help reduce or dismiss your traffic charges. That way, you can keep points off your driving record and save money on your insurance.
Defenses in Court for Traffic Tickets in Denver
When you have an experienced Denver traffic attorney on your side, there are numerous strategies that can be used to defend your case and contest your ticket. Your lawyer will investigate the specifics of your incident and gather relevant evidence, which can include witness testimonies, photographs, and police reports.
Possible defense strategies your traffic ticket attorney may use include the following:
- Lack of Evidence – We may present a strong argument that the evidence provided by the officer is lacking, inaccurate, or misrepresentative of what really happened at the scene.
- Necessary Actions – We may be able to argue that your moving violation was a necessary action to maintain safety at the scene. For example, if you were accused of improper passing, you may have needed to pass to get out of the way of a reckless driver or an ambulance.
- Maintaining Safety – Similar to the above, we can argue that your actions were necessary to maintain the safety of others on the road. For instance, you may have been charged with reckless driving, but if you were driving recklessly to avoid colliding with another vehicle, your driving may have been warranted.
- Mistake of Fact – We can argue that you didn’t know you were breaking the law at the time. If you were charged with speeding, but you turned onto the road and were then charged in an area where no speed signs were placed in between the turn and where you were pulled over, you may be able to contest and win this case.
How Can Traffic Ticket Lawyers Help Me?
When the police claim you’ve violated the law, you need someone on your side before you head to the probate court or pay your ticket. Many of our clients may have paid significant fines if they hadn’t stepped into a law office and accepted a consultation with an attorney.
Dealing with what may seem like a minor charge can be tough because, regardless of severity, you’re still accused of breaking the law. Here’s the good news—your lawyer can help you gather evidence and represent you in court. With the right tools, your lawyer can help you take on the police ticketing you and get your charge reduced or dropped.
We take ticketing seriously, so we’re ready to tackle your case, starting with a consultation about your charge. Our clients can expect respect and diligence from our office as we prepare your case for court. Without this guidance, you may face hefty fines, a suspended license, or even jail time.
Reach Out to a Denver Traffic Ticket Attorney
Just because you receive a traffic ticket, and it seems like a normal occurrence, that doesn’t mean the ticket was warranted or that you’re required to accept the police officer’s judgment. You have the right to contest your ticket. With the help of an attorney from Justice for Colorado, you give yourself the best chance of getting your violation reduced or dismissed.
To speak to a Denver traffic ticket lawyer about your case, fill out the contact form below or call 303-647-9691 to schedule a free consultation.
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Denver Traffic Ticket FAQ
You may be hesitant to contest your traffic ticket if you have questions and concerns about the legal process, but we've gone ahead and answered some of the most frequently asked questions below in order to ease your mind. If you happen to have further questions regarding your case in particular, you can reach out and schedule a no-obligation consultation with a member of our team.
What counts as a non-moving violation in Denver?
A non-moving violation is a traffic ticket that involves your car but doesn’t involve the moving action of your car. For example, expired registration, overly tinted windows, broken tail lights, and illegal parking are all considered non-moving violations.
What if I’m charged with NPOI in Denver?
NPOI stands for no proof of insurance and this violation will result in a four-point penalty on your driving record. However, if you’re able to provide proof of insurance that’s dated back to when your accident happened, this charge will be dropped.
Will I be required to go to traffic court for my ticket?
Typically, you don’t have to appear in court unless you’re charged with a traffic offense as opposed to a traffic infraction. However, if you plan on contesting your traffic ticket violation, you will have to go to court to do so. In some cases, your lawyer can appear on your behalf to contest your ticket.