Traffic Defense Attorney Steven J. Pisani is a superb Denver Traffic Attorney who regularly handles Careless Driving charges. A Careless Driving charge is imposed when 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. (C.R.S. 42-4-1402.) A Careless Driving citation is typically issued by the police after an accident, even when only one vehicle was involved. Police and criminal attorneys describe Careless Driving as a catch-all charge that encompasses most violations.
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 a County Court. 4- points will also be assessed against your license. For more information 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 Resulting in 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. 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. 12 points will assessed against your license, stripping you of your driving privileges.
Because Careless Driving is a criminal offense, tickets cannot be paid online and require an appearance at court by either the defendant or their attorney. Aside from the enhanced penalties for this charge, the court can impose restitution requiring the defendant to pay for damages to property or medical bills. Depending on the nature of the accident, the restitution could result in thousands of dollars in costs that a defendant is required to pay. Denver Careless Driving Lawyer Steven J. Pisani can assist in reviewing your case, negotiating a lower plea, or contesting the prosecutor’s case at a trial.
Steven J. Pisani is an expert Careless Driving Attorney in Denver. Call us today to find out how our proven methods of defense can help you.