Traffic Defense Attorney Steven J. Pisani is a superb Denver careless driving lawyer. A charge of careless driving means that an individual drove a motor vehicle, motorized bike or bicycle in a careless and imprudent manner, without due regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic, or use of the streets and highways and all other attendant circumstances, commits careless driving. (C.R.S. 42-4-1402.) A careless driving citation is typically issued by the police after an accident, even where just a single vehicle was involved. Police and criminal attorneys describe Careless Driving as a catch all charge that encompasses most any violation.
When no bodily injury or death to another results, Careless Driving is a class 2 misdemeanor traffic offense. In the state of Colorado, it is treated as a criminal traffic offense. Penalties for this charge can include a jail sentence of up to 90 days and a fine of up to $300 in County Court. 4 points will also be assessed against your license. For more on the points system in Colorado, click here. It is important to note that unlike most other driving offenses, a Careless driving charge can stem from either driving on public roadways or private property.
Careless Driving Resulting in Bodily Injury or Death
Careless driving causing bodily injury or death is a more serious charge with potentially harsher consequences in Colorado. When someone is injured or dies and you are determined to be the at-fault driver, you will be charged with a class 1 misdemeanor traffic offense known as careless driving causing serious bodily injury or death. The possible penalties for this offense are ten days to one year imprisonment in the county jail and a fine of $300 to $1,000, or both. 12 points will assessed against your license and could mean the loss of your driving privilege.
Why hire a Denver Careless Driving Lawyer?
Because Careless driving is a criminal offense, these tickets cannot be paid online and require an appearance at court by either the defendant or their attorney. Aside from the enhanced penalties for a traffic ticket, the court can impose restitution, in which a defendant would have to pay for damages to property or medical bills. Depending on the nature of the accident, the restitution could result in thousands of dollars of costs that a defendant does not know about until after he agrees to pay. Denver Careless Driving Lawyer Steven J. Pisani can assist with reviewing your case, negotiating a lower plea or contesting the prosecutor’s case at a trial.
Steven J. Pisani is an expert Careless Driving Lawyer in Denver. Call us today to find out how our proven methods of defense can help you.