A charge of careless driving involves an allegation that a person drove a motor vehicle, bicycle, or motorized bicycle in a careless and imprudent manner. In Colorado, careless driving is a criminal misdemeanor traffic offense and is applicable to both driving on public roadways, as well as private property. If you are convicted of careless driving, four (4) points will be assessed against your driver’s license. Even if you hold an out-of-state driver’s license, your conviction will be reported to Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles and you will generate a Colorado driver history record through a computer-assigned personal identification number (p.i.n.)/tracking number. Your Colorado conviction may be reported to your home state through the Driver’s License Compact (DLC).
Penalties for careless driving depend upon which court your case is in. Your case may be prosecuted in county court or municipal court. If your case is being prosecuted in county court, the presumptive penalty ranges from a minimum ten (10) days in jail up to ninety (90 days), plus fines and court costs, and the possibility of probation. The penalty is typically more severe in municipal court, where the same violation can carry a possible penalty of up to one (1) year in jail and a fine of one thousand ($1,000) dollars, depending upon the court. Criminal restitution may also be assessed.
Careless driving is often charged in Colorado anytime there is a traffic accident, regardless of whether the accident causes minor or severe property damage. Because of the nature of the offense, the possible penalty, and the exposure to increased auto insurance rates, it’s important to have experienced representation in these types of cases.
There are many ways to proactively fight careless driving allegations. The Law Office of Monte J. Robbins, Esq., with offices in Denver, Colorado and Greeley, Colorado can provide you with the experience and knowledge that is critical in defending against these types of charges. Contact Attorney Monte Robbins immediately to discuss your options at 303-355-5148, or 970-301-5541.
Mr. Robbins represents many out-of-state clients and commercial drivers (CDL) in careless driving and other types of traffic cases. If you are an out-of-state resident, or over-the-road truck driver, or simply a Colorado resident with a busy schedule, it may be possible to waive your appearance in Court with the assistance of Mr. Robbins.