Class A traffic infractions in Colorado are traffic violations punishable by $15 to $100, a surcharge, and DMV points. Since they are civil and not criminal, class A traffic infractions carry no jail time. But failure to pay the ticket will trigger a driver’s license suspension. And class A traffic infractions can never be sealed from the person’s record.
In this article, our Colorado criminal defense attorneys discuss:
- 1. What are class A traffic infractions?
- 2. What is the sentence for class A traffic infractions in Colorado?
- 3. Will I lose my license for not paying?
- 4. What are examples?
- 5. Can class A traffic infractions be sealed?
- 6. What happens if I skip court?
- 7. Am I entitled to a jury trial?
- 8. Can I keep my firearms?
1. What are class A traffic infractions?
Class A traffic infractions are a category of Colorado traffic violations. Unlike misdemeanor traffic offenses, infractions are not a crime under state law – they are civil matters. Class A traffic infractions are considered more serious than Colorado class B traffic infractions.1
2. What is the sentence for class A traffic infractions in Colorado?
Class A traffic infraction sentences carry $15 to $100, a surcharge, and DMV points. Accruing too many DMV points can result in the license-holder’s driving privileges being suspended.2
Note that people may be able to complete community service / public service instead of paying a fine with the judge’s permission.
3. Will I lose my license for not paying?
Yes. Not paying the penalty assessment for a class A traffic infraction in Colorado results in the person getting an outstanding judgment warrant (OJW). The Colorado Department of Revenue (DMV) can then suspend or refuse to renew the person’s license.
People who drive despite having an OJW face a separate class A traffic infraction ticket for driving under restraint (CRS 42-2-138).3 And once an overdue ticket is paid, the person must apply to reinstate the license and pay an additional $95 fee.
4. What are examples?
Common examples of class A traffic infractions in Colorado include these traffic law violations:
- Driving under restraint due to outstanding judgment (CRS 42-2-138)
- Underage DUI (first offense)
- Failure to dim high beams (CRS 42-4-217)
- Turning left in front of oncoming traffic (CRS 42-4-702)
- Failure to yield right of way at intersection (CRS 42-4-703)
- Failure to yield to emergency vehicle (CRS 42-4-705)
- Stopping in a crosswalk or intersection (CRS 42-4-709)
- Driving through a safety zone (CRS 42-4-806)
- Failure to exercise due care to pedestrians (CRS 42-4-807)
- Driving on left side of road (CRS 42-4-1001)
- Driving wrong way on one-way road (CRS 42-4-1006)
- Unsafe lane change in a motor vehicle (CRS 42-4-1007)
- Driving on wrong side of road (CRS 42-4-1010)
- Speeding violations (CRS 42-4-1101), less than 25 mph over the limit
- Driving with open container of alcohol (CRS 42-4-1305)
- Driving with an open container of marijuana (CRS 42-4-1305.5)
5. Can class A traffic infractions be sealed?
No. Class A traffic infractions in Colorado remain on the person’s driving records forever.4
Learn more about Colorado criminal record seals.
6. What happens if I skip court?
People who skip court and do not pay their class A traffic infraction fine will have a judgment imposed against them in Colorado. The DMV can then suspend their license until the penalty assessment is finally paid.
Note that bench warrants do not issue for ignoring traffic infraction tickets.5
7. Am I entitled to a jury trial?
No. But Colorado motorists cited for class A traffic infractions are entitled to a bench trial, where a county court- or municipal court judge determines the verdict.6
8. Can I keep my firearms?
Yes. Class A traffic infractions have no effect on gun rights in Colorado.7
Arrested for a criminal offense or cited for a traffic regulation violation in Colorado? Our traffic and criminal defense lawyers negotiate aggressively with the district attorney in attempt to get the case reduced or dismissed. We create attorney-client relationships in Denver, Colorado Springs, Greeley, and throughout the state of Colorado.
Go to our main Colorado infractions page.
See our related articles on careless driving (CRS 42-4-1402), exceeding the posted speed limit (CRS 42-4-1101) – including in a construction zone, reckless driving (CRS 42-4-1401), eluding law enforcement / peace officers / police officers (CRS 42-4-1413), DUI, vehicular homicide (CRS 18-3-106) and petty offenses.
- Colorado Revised Statute 42-4-1701; see also People v. Burnett, (2019) CO 2, 432 P.3d 617; see also Meza v. People, (2018) CO 23, 415 P.3d 303.
- CRS 42-4-1701; CRS 42-4-1709.
- CRS 42-4-1710; CRS 42-4-1716; CRS 42-2-122; CRS 42-2-138 (subsection 1.5).
- CRS 24-72-701 – 708.
- CRS 42-4-1710.
- CRS 42-4-1708.
- See CRS 18-12-108; see Colorado Constitution, Article IV, § 7.