Colorado Traffic Tickets Questions & Answers

Q: If a police officer has to beak the law to obtain evidence, is that evidence permissible in court?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Colorado on
Answered on Jan 17, 2019
John Kenneth Joyner's answer
A judge will likely base the decision to allow or disallow evidence of what the officer was doing on whether or not the evidence is relevant to your guilt or innocence. Unless the officer's actions affected your failure to stop, then you will have a hard time showing relevance.

Q: I got a “engaged in speed contest” ticket in colorado, what are my rights?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Colorado on
Answered on Dec 2, 2018
John Kenneth Joyner's answer
Driving over the speed limit can contribute to the officer citing you for a speed contest, but is not necessary. Speed contest is defined as follows:

(b) For purposes of this section, “speed contest” means the operation of one or more motor vehicles to conduct a race or a time trial, including but not limited to rapid acceleration, exceeding reasonable and prudent speeds for highways and existing traffic conditions, vying for position, or performing one or more lane changes in an...

Q: What is the penalty for displaying a fraudulent license plate tag. A summons to appear in court for statute 42-3-121 1b

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Colorado on
Answered on Nov 2, 2018
John Kenneth Joyner's answer
A fictitious plates charge is a class 2 traffic misdemeanor and carries a minimum 10 days in jail and a minimum $150 fine, and a maximum of 90 days in the county jail and a maximum $300 fine.

Q: If I forget to pay a traffic ticket, can I go to jail?

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Colorado on
Answered on Oct 29, 2018
John Kenneth Joyner's answer
If you miss a mandatory court date, the court can and likely will issue a bench warrant. If you fail to pay a non-mandatory court citation by the due date, they will likely issue a default judgment against you and can hold you in contempt if you fail to pay by a certain time. Your best bet is to call the court and ask what the staus of your case is, or have an attorney do it for you.

Q: Me and my coworkers were having a discussion about what to do in this situation, we all work as concrete truck drivers.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Colorado on
Answered on Jul 19, 2018
Peter Munsing's answer
Find a nearby area where you can pulloff and wait. It'd be ok to wait with flashers on if you were going to offload in a couple of minutes--if you are sitting there longer the law would say, couldn't you sit somewhere else?

Q: Driving without a Valid Driver's License in Colorado

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Colorado on
Answered on Jan 29, 2018
Russell Hebets' answer
If you reinstate your driving privilege prior to your court appearance, you will likely be offered a 0 point violation with a minimum fine and no further repercussions.

Q: I was the victim of an auto accident where my car was struck by another driver. Question involves careless driving.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Colorado on
Answered on Jan 17, 2018
Peter Munsing's answer
Penalty is usually points, fine. If you were hurt you need to contact a member of the Colo. Assn for Justice--they give free consults.

As far as your claim, the fact the officer felt the other driver was careless (which in citation language means more than inadvertent) will be significant whether or not a ticket issued.

Q: if you have an accident and no police are called and both parties exchange information can a ticket be issued?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Colorado on
Answered on Dec 23, 2017
Peter Munsing's answer
As long as your insurance doesn't require you notify police--but one or the other or both may.

Q: If I was cited at the crash, if I go to court can I win the case or will it cost me more to fight the ticket?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Colorado on
Answered on Dec 23, 2017
Peter Munsing's answer
Plead not guilty and fight it. If you were hurt you may have a cliam--contact a member of the Colorado Assn for Justice--they give free consults.

Q: Who's fault is it if a bicyclist is hit going against traffic on the sidewalk at high speeds crossing a enrtyway?

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Colorado on
Answered on Sep 14, 2017
Samuel Ventola's answer
I sympathize with you because you wouldn't normally be looking for somebody coming against traffic and at a high rate of speed on the sidewalk. I'd say the bicyclist was at least part at fault, but that doesn't mean somebody couldn't conclude you were also at fault. I'm not expert on traffic tickets but I'd probably fight it. However, even if you are convicted or pay the ticket, it probably won't be admissible in any lawsuit by the bicyclist.

Q: Looking For Advice On A Non-Contact Accident I Was In. I Also Was Driving Under A Suspended Licence.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Colorado on
Answered on Sep 11, 2017
Peter Munsing's answer
It's worth your getting an attorney, because no matter how creative I or any defense counsel can be about the accident, you were in the seat when you had a suspension. This generally --even without crashes--suggests to the judge that he needs to use a 2x4 to get the point across. So you are looking at additional suspension, possible revocation and other not good things.

So find an attorney who handles violations in the court your ticket is headed to. Plead not guilty for now, but it...

Q: Insurance is asking for more than what accident is worth, what should I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Colorado on
Answered on Aug 30, 2017
Tristan Kenyon Schultz's answer
Based on your question I assume that you do not have insurance (which is required...). If you do have insurance, the valuation is something that your insurance company handles. If you do not have insurance, you can request documentation related to valuation. There might be something that can be challenge (although if this information is coming from the insurance agency versus the minivan owner I would tend to think that a reputable collision repair center was chosen).

FYI: minvans have...

Q: I was pulled over Friday at 6:15 a.m. in Pueblo County. The state patrol pulled over 4 cars all at once.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Colorado on
Answered on Aug 27, 2017
Tristan Kenyon Schultz's answer
You can always challenge any ticket. Whether you can present sufficient evidence to overturn the ticket is a wholly different matter... Note, the an officer can legally estimate your speed based on more than just a radar gun reading.

Q: Laws in Colorado relating to underglow lights on a car. Please no links, I would like to hear from a person.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Colorado on
Answered on Aug 6, 2017
Peter Munsing's answer
Why not pay for a consultation if you don't want links. You want someone to write an essay on underglow lights as to what? Why not tell us what you want? Better yet, talk to DMV about your issue.

Q: I was recently cited in Colorado for driving while my license is suspended. What should I do? A Court date has been set

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Colorado on
Answered on Jul 26, 2017
Tristan Kenyon Schultz's answer
You can contact (and likely hire) an attorney to review your options. Justia's Q&A cannot provide legal advice or recommendations.

Q: Colorado has a hold on my drivers license for a 4 yr old camera ticket, what can be done?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Colorado on
Answered on Jul 21, 2017
Tristan Kenyon Schultz's answer
Your options are: pay the ticket or challenge the ticket in court.

Q: Can a tow company charge you to recover your belongings out of the car that was repossessed?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Traffic Tickets for Colorado on
Answered on Jul 6, 2017
Tristan Kenyon Schultz's answer
No, you cannot be charged for retrieving personal property from a repo-ed vehicle. The items cannot be removed or collected (up to a time limit of presumed abandonment). If it is a problem, send a certified letter requesting the materials back. If this fails, contact the state AG's office.

Q: I got 2 speeding tickets from Iowa in the past. I moved to Colorado, does my record start over or does it follow?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Colorado on
Answered on Jun 27, 2017
Tristan Kenyon Schultz's answer
Yes and no. Colorado, like most states, only tracks current traffic infractions for instate violations for current state license holders. However, if you are required to provide your driving record, most places request a record for a period of years (usually 4-6 years). As a result, you will likely need to list the Iowa infractions until you live in Colorado (or another state) for long enough for the records to "disappear".

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