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

I've read all over the Internet that they cannot do that but nothing states whether or not that is true in Colorado I would like to know before I go and try to resolve it.

Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Tristan Kenyon Schultz answered on Jul 6, 2017

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.

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

They are paid and from a while ago but hasn't been long enough for them to be off my Iowa record yet.

Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Tristan Kenyon Schultz answered on Jun 27, 2017

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... Read more »

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Q: I was issued a court summons for speeding but was not asked to sign where requested, am I exempt from penalty?

In the space provided to sign on the ticket, the officer wrote "Valid CO D.L".

Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Tristan Kenyon Schultz answered on Jun 20, 2017

No.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Colorado on
Q: I sold a vehicle that was totaled before the new buyer registered it. Am I still liable for impound fees and damages?

Sold a jeep to my ex. Her boyfriend rolled it a few times with no plates and no insurance. He had no permission to drive the jeep. Since I'm still technically the owner, am I liable for the impound fees and any damages he caused?

Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Tristan Kenyon Schultz answered on Jun 15, 2017

A lawyer will need to review all the specifics to make a determination. As a general rule, if the seller and buyer signed bill of sale AND the seller proceeded to remove the car from the seller's name (e.g. cancelling insurance, removing license plates, etc.) the liability should not pass to... Read more »

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Q: How can someone clear up really old stuff on their DMV while they are in prison so they can start over when they get out

I'm mostly asking about Colorado.

I know in California he could have records file a 41500 filing, but how would he do that in Colorado?

I'm NOT asking about sealing their record but clearing it up so they can get a license when they get out so they can earn a living.

Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Tristan Kenyon Schultz answered on May 16, 2017

Are you asking about sealing records? If so, Colorado does not allow traffic offenses to be sealed.

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Q: i was told that my traffic ticket was not turned in by the officer .not to worry about it than i get informed 1 yr later

at the border iam suspended failure to appear . i had been to that court house numerous times she seen my copy i just wanted to take care of it before we went back to arizona,we called her before the and on the court date here exact words were its your lucky day . i have my ticket still and can... Read more »

Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Tristan Kenyon Schultz answered on May 7, 2017

You will need to either pay the fine and/or have your case reviewed. If you go the review route, you may need an attorney in the county where the ticket was issued (an attorney will also allow you to not have to return to Colorado for most or all matters related to the ticket).

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Q: Are license plate covers legal even if they're slightly tinted?

I purchased them from autozone not realizing they might be illegal in Colorado. Although they're slightly tinted the plate numbers and registration stickers are easily visible. The main reason I bought them is to prevent someone from stealing my registration sticker. Unfortunately I have been... Read more »

Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Tristan Kenyon Schultz answered on May 4, 2017

Colorado does not have a specific prohibition against covers, however, license plates and the registration stickers must be visible and without obstruction per Colorado law. This leaves a cover's legality to the discretion of the police officer. If you want to avoid a ticket, do not install a... Read more »

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Q: What happens if I don't pay for my fine nor do my community service due to not be able to get my ID

My fine is $270 and I was supposed to do 24 hour community service but I could not afford my ID nor my fine because I have to give my landlord. $4,000 before the sheriff comes and kicks me and my husband out

Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Tristan Kenyon Schultz answered on Apr 25, 2017

Every case is unique, but the following will likely occur. A warrant will be issued and the sentence may be modified to require jail time. If this involved a driving offense, your license will be revoked, and the waiting period for re-application will not begin until the sentence is served.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Colorado on
Q: CO (now in WI) for not reporting to jail to start my 4 month work release sentence? (Say after a random traffic stop)?

Will I be extradited back to Colorado (now in Wisconsin) for not reporting to jail to start my 4 month work release sentence? (Say after a random traffic stop/etc. here in WI)

The sentence was for being terminated (revocated) on probation for failing to follow terms for 1 year of probation... Read more »

Brian K. McHugh
Brian K. McHugh answered on Apr 13, 2017

If you are stopped it is very likely that the warrant will be found. The information about the warrant should note whether extradition from another state is sought. If so you will be held for extradition to Colorado. It is unusual, but not unheard, for a state to extradite a person for a... Read more »

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Q: I got a traffic ticket at the age of 16 am now 21 is that ticket still valid or is it get thrown out

I was just wondering because I thought the age of 18 you record got sealed from when you were a juvenile I got pulled over for no drivers license no registration no insurance and I never went to court for it

Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Tristan Kenyon Schultz answered on Apr 12, 2017

Traffic offenses are not sealed. I can only assume that a clerical error occurred or the police did not file the ticket. Tickets do not disappear after a period of time. You can investigate to see if the ticket is still recorded (and pay it) or you wait and see if anything happens. As a warning, if... Read more »

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Q: Pulled over for suspended license

Was pulled over for suspended license. Never knew it was suspended, and then found out it was because of a miscommunication between the court and dmv so they reinstated it. My court date is in 2 days should i be worried

Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Tristan Kenyon Schultz answered on Apr 11, 2017

If the suspension was an error, you will need to prove the error occured at the hearing.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Traffic Tickets for Colorado on
Q: Can a insurance company put a claim against my license and for my license to be suspended? If so how do I get it back
Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Tristan Kenyon Schultz answered on Apr 10, 2017

Contact the CO DMV to see what was the cause for the license suspension. First you must clear the cause of the suspension. There is usually a wait time and you have to take the written test (and occasionally the driving test) again.

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Q: How can I find the percentage received by the judges who oversee traffic violation cases? Is via their pension or other?

I need to know where to look for this information? Its obviously a fact that judges and cops profit off of traffic tickets. How can I find the information about the particular court where I need to appear?

Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Tristan Kenyon Schultz answered on Apr 10, 2017

Colorado does not work from a fines pay for the legal system model. Judges/magistrates are paid a fixed salary by the State of Colorado regardless of the number of cases that are processed (or not). Some police departments follow a quota system for officers generating tickets. The financial... Read more »

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Q: Can the Colorado DMV revoke your license for a seatbelt fine from 18 years ago that you are just now finding out about?

The fine is out of Morgan County fore $180 in 2000. I came home to a letter from the Colorado DMV saying if it wasn't paid by May they would revoke my license. Why wouldn't they have done something sooner if this was an unpaid fine? I honestly dont remember the ticket its been 17 years. I... Read more »

Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Tristan Kenyon Schultz answered on Apr 5, 2017

It is not the original fine that is the issue, it is the non-payment that is the problem. Your license can be revoked for non-payment of fines. It is possible that you did not receive notice prior to the letter, but you clearly have notice now. If you did not receive proper notice you can request... Read more »

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Q: I received traffic citation from Alamosa County,CO..in 2004. I failed to appear..now have warrant. I live in Illinois.

I want to resolve situation..asap. I WAS told to send email to Deputy Clerk asking Judge,etc. For trial by phone. I AM UNSURE WHAT to say OR HOW to do this?HELP.

Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Tristan Kenyon Schultz answered on Apr 5, 2017

First, you may want to talk to a lawyer in Alamosa who can handle paperwork in Colorado and give advice along the process.

If you want to not use a lawyer, you will first need to contact the applicable police department about settling the warrant. Before you call the contact the courts,...
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Q: I was arrested for a traffic violation and the judge sentenced me to do5 days. The jail refused to release until 5 Days

I wrote a letter to warden to be released what are my rights regarding this

Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Tristan Kenyon Schultz answered on Mar 27, 2017

It is possible for a judge to require jail time for a traffic violation. While this practice is subject to legal challenge in some states (usually via ACLU challenges), there is not clear rule preventing the practice. The warden has no power to nullify a sentence without a court order or... Read more »

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Q: Can an officer still write a citation after they let you leave a traffic stop?

I was driving along at night when a car pulled out behind me and rode my bumper. This was an aggressive driver I tried to put a little distance between me and them, but they stayed within about 2 feet of my bumper. They followed me through s topsign without stopping or signaling. I decided to go... Read more »

Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Tristan Kenyon Schultz answered on Mar 22, 2017

Yes, citations can--and are--posted after the incident. For most traffic violations, the applicable police agency has up to 1 year to report the incident. If the citation occurs after the police stop, you should receive a registered letter to the address listed on your driver's license. Note,... Read more »

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Q: My 16 year old son who had a perfect driving record received a 6 point speeding violation in Douglas County, Colorado.

Is it better to pay the 200 fine and have the points dropped to 4 or go to court? How many points does he have on his license at 16 years old? He received his license 10/21/16. Thank you.

Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Tristan Kenyon Schultz answered on Mar 22, 2017

For a driver under 18 years old, a license will be suspended if: (1) 6 points or more are accrued in 12 months or (2) 7 points or more are accrued at any time under the age of 18.

It is your decision if you want to pay the ticket or fight it in court. Two things to note: (1) do not...
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Q: Ticket for harassment for using a slur against a black man who stole my personal property and damaged my car. What next?
Tristan Kenyon Schultz
Tristan Kenyon Schultz answered on Mar 14, 2017

Pay the ticket or request a hearing for the ticket. All the information should be listed on the ticket you received.

If you are facing criminal charges (i.e. not a simple fine, but jail time), you should have an opportunity to hire or request a public defender.

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