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

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What are misdemeanor traffic offenses in Colorado?

Like they sound, misdemeanors traffic offenses are a category of Colorado crimes that have to do with driving violations. Misdemeanor traffic offenses, in turn, are divided into two categories:

  1. Class 1 misdemeanor traffic offenses in Colorado, and
  2. Class 2 misdemeanor traffic offenses in Colorado

Class 1 misdemeanor traffic offenses

Common examples of class 1 misdemeanor traffic offenses in Colorado include:

Class 2 misdemeanor traffic offenses

Common examples of class 2 misdemeanor traffic offenses in Colorado include:

What are misdemeanor traffic offense penalties in Colorado?

The punishment turns on whether the petty offense is classified in Colorado as a class 1 or a class 2:

Class 1 misdemeanor traffic penalties

The minimum penalty for class 1 misdemeanor traffic offenses in Colorado is 10 days in jail and/or a $300 fine.

The maximum penalty for class 1 misdemeanor traffic offenses in Colorado is 12 months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

Class 2 misdemeanor traffic penalties

The penalty for class 2 misdemeanor traffic offenses are specified in the individual statutes.

Other misdemeanor traffic offense facts in Colorado

There are also five unclassified misdemeanor traffic offenses in Colorado.

People arrested for traffic misdemeanors offenses in Colorado have the constitutional right to a jury trial of six people. (With the court's okay, the defendant may submit to a bench trial or a tinier jury of five, four, or three jurors.)

Traffic matters typically cannot be sealed from the person's criminal record. (Learn about sealing Colorado criminal records.) Most traffic matters are usually not considered deportable offenses or crimes involving moral turpitude, but some could be. Non-citizens facing traffic offenses are still encouraged to consult with an experienced immigration and criminal law attorney to see whether the traffic charges may jeopardize their status in the U.S.

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