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Careless Driving Caused Bodily Injury

If you’ve been charged with careless driving resulting in bodily injury, it’s a good idea to get experienced legal representation. Careless driving resulting in injury is a class 1 misdemeanor traffic offense, which means that a conviction under the state statute carries a possible penalty of ten (10) days in jail up to one (1) year and a fine of $300 to $1000.

Most municipal court careless driving charges carry a possible penalty of up to one (1) year in jail and/or a fine of $1000. Four (4) points are assessed against a driver’s motor vehicle record upon a conviction.

To prove a case of careless driving, the prosecutor must essentially show that 1) the driver’s actions were careless; and 2) “proximately caused” the alleged injury. If the defendant driver’s automobile liability insurance is insufficient to cover damages sustained by the injured party or his property, restitution may be imposed. How a court proceeds on the issue of restitution depends upon the jurisdiction. Some county court jurisdictions decline to proceed with a restitution claim as long the defendant driver has insurance. This allows issues of damages to be fully litigated in civil court with all the protections that the civil arena provides.

On the other hand, some county court jurisdictions take a more aggressive approach to restitution and will impose restitution if it is shown that a driver’s automobile liability policy is insufficient to cover the injured party’s pecuniary damages or will be exhausted in covering the injured party’s non-pecuniary damages. Thus, a careless driving resulting in injury case can turn-into a potentially complex quasi-civil case very quickly.

Attorney Monte Robbins has experience defending those who are charged with careless driving causing bodily injury and subsequent restitution claims. If you are facing a careless driving charge in Colorado state court or municipal court, contact Attorney Monte Robbins for a free case evaluation at 303-355-5148, or 970-301-5541.

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"An excellent lawyer choice for my son who was charged with driving while his license was revoked. DMV had mistakenly sent (3) letters of revocation to the incorrect address, so I hired Monty to prove that my son never knew his license was revoked. Monty kept me informed at all times as to what was happening and what he doing to prove my son's innocence in this matter. We were to appear in court on 29 March 2012 and Monte informed us on 27 March 2012, that the case had been dismissed!!! Monte charged a fair, flat rate for what he did in this matter and should the need arise to hire a lawyer or to recommend a lawyer, I would not hesitate to give Monte's name.” Linda
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"I consulted three other attorneys on my traffic offense in Colorado and none of them thought I could beat it. Then I consulted with Monte Robbins. He not only relieved my warrant without my presence in Colorado, but he got my habitual driving offense reduced to an infraction. I was up against the wall on this case but thanks to Monte miracles are possible. I have hired my share of attorneys and Monte Robbins has produced the best results for me yet. After being without my driving privileges for ten years I paid a small fine and am legal with a clean record. I Highly recommend this attorney." Steve
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"I hired Monte J. Robbins to represent me. He gave 110% to my case never rushed me off the phone, quick to gather all information regarding my case. Monte is very knowledgeable and helped me out a lot. He kept me informed every step of the way through my case. I was always able to get a hold of him for any questions i had. The outcome of my case was way better then i had expected. Monte did a excellent job on my case and I would highly recommend him to anyone. Monte won my case and I am confident that he can do the same for anyone else." Jeremy