Infractions in Colorado (C.R.S. 42)
(Explained by Colorado criminal defense attorneys)

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What are traffic infractions in Colorado?

Like they sound, traffic infractions are a category of Colorado violations that are less serious than Colorado traffic misdemeanors. Infractions, in turn, are divided into two categories:

  1. Colorado class A infractions, and
  2. Colorado class B infractions

Traffic infractions are not crimes in Colorado (unlike traffic misdemeanors). Instead, they are a civil matter.

Class A infractions

Common examples of class A infractions in Colorado include:

  • The Colorado infraction of failing to pay a toll
  • The Colorado infraction of failing to yield right-of-way while making a left
  • The Colorado infraction of driving through a safety zone
  • The Colorado infraction of underage DUI (first offense)

Class B infractions

Common examples of class B infractions in Colorado include:

What are infraction penalties in Colorado?

The punishment depends on whether the infraction is classified as Class A or Class B.

Class A infraction penalties

Infraction punishments include no jail time, just fines ranging from $15 to $100 plus a small surcharge. The Colorado DMV may also add a predetermined number of points to the person's license.

Class B infraction penalties

Infraction punishments include no jail time, just fines ranging from $15 to $100 plus a small surcharge.

Other infraction facts in Colorado

People charged with infractions may not have a jury trial but are eligible for a bench trial (where the judge decides the case). Unfortunately, traffic infractions usually cannot be sealed from criminal records.

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