Careless Driving Attorneys in Grand Junction
Careless driving is a very serious offense in Colorado, especially if it’s applied to an accident where someone was injured or killed. In fact, a careless driving conviction can even result in jail time!
Careless driving cases are complicated because the law is very broad. Police officers have no clear guidelines when citing a person for careless driving, and this gives them a lot of discretion when applying the charge.
If you have been charged with careless driving, the consequences can be severe. An experienced Colorado criminal defense attorney can make all the difference in the world when it comes to protecting your freedom and keeping your driving record clean.
In Colorado, careless driving is defined as when a person operates a vehicle “in a careless and imprudent manner, without due regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic, and use of the streets and highways and all other attendant circumstances.” A vehicle is defined as a motor vehicle such as a car, truck, or motorcycle or a low-powered scooter, bicycle, or electric-assisted bicycle.
Example of careless driving may include:
- Failure to exhibit due caution while approaching or passing a stationary emergency vehicle such as a police car or fire engine
- Failure to exhibit due care when approaching or passing a maintenance or construction vehicle that is traveling less than 20 mph
- Carelessly approaching or cutting off a bicycle or another vehicle
- Driving too fast for road and weather conditions
- Driving beyond the speed limit
- Driving while impaired
- Distracted Driving
- Driving an overloaded vehicle
- Driving while tired or fatigued
- Driving a poorly maintained vehicle
Careless driving is similar to reckless driving, but there is a crucial difference. A person charged with careless driving is accused of acting in a “careless or imprudent” manner. Reckless driving is a more serious offense where the driver is accused of acting “with a wanton or a willful disregard for the safety of others.”
Careless driving is a misdemeanor, but the consequences can be very harsh. For starters, a conviction adds points to your driving record. And if a careless driving conviction is connected to an incident where someone is injured, four points may be added to your driver’s license. Twelve points will be added for an accident that causes a fatality.
Your insurance premiums will go up significantly after a careless driving conviction and your policy may even be revoked.
You can also face serious legal penalties, including:
- Driver’s license revoked or suspended
- Fines up to $1,000
- Court costs
- Restitution costs
- Community service
- Up to a year in jail
Attempting to fight a careless driving conviction on your own can have drastic consequences. There are extremely complicated legal issues involved, and nobody is going to help you. The officer who charged you will definitely show up to testify and judges have little tolerance for people acting in their courts who don’t know what they’re doing.
In many cases, police bring charges against defendants where there is no real evidence of wrongdoing. An experienced criminal defense attorney will investigate the charges and come up with the most effective strategy to get them dropped or reduced. You are risking way too much to attempt a DIY solution in a system that demands professional jurisprudence.
If you are facing careless driving charges, you’ll want to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible. Careless driving may seem like a minor offense, but the consequences can be life-altering.
At Peter’s & Nolan, LLC, we’ll do everything we can to keep you out of jail and protect your driving record. Call (970) 243-4357 today and see how we can help you. We’re on your side.
- Charges: Careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and failure to report accident
∗ Result: Dismissed prior to trial
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∗ Not all criminal cases are the same. These results are from actual cases handled by the attorneys at Peters & Nolan, LLC. This is not a representation, guarantee or promise as to the results or outcome of your particular matter.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.
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