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If you live in a neighboring state and are close to losing your license on points, you may want to consider moving across the state line. With a Colorado license you will start out fresh since the speeding ticket points will not transfer. Serious violations will still show.
In Colorado the speed limits are absolute for most cities and towns and also in 75mph zones. Other areas the limit is presumed. All methods of speed detection are recognized and you do not have the right of discovery at the traffic court level. The rules of evidence also do not apply and your case will usually be heard by a referee.
With a radar speeding ticket the only issue for the court to decide is the speed of the vehicle. The fact that one did not intend to speed, had a broken speedometer, or oversized tires, is not a defense to speeding.
Radar evidence is generally admitted if it is shown that: 1) the officer has been trained in the use of radar equipment and 2) that the equipment’s calibration was properly checked using an appropriate test. Just the oral testimony of the officer is usually sufficient to meet these requirements.
Most of the speeding ticket books that I do not recommend will tell you to do discovery or to subpoena a number of records pertaining to the radar unit. While this may be of some use in other states, the judge in Colorado will normally not allow any evidence of this nature.
Do not go into traffic court without legal representation if it is a serious violation or one that will drastically increase your insurance premiums. In all cases it is best to talk to an attorney to know your options and the consequences.
Attorney Ross Koplin provides aggressive and professional legal representation for all traffic ticket matters,
including Speeding, Careless Driving, Driving Under Suspension (DUS), Driving Under the
Influence (DUI), Traffic Accidents and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) hearings.
Ross E. Koplin
Colorado Attorney at Law
600 17th Street, Suite 2800 South
Denver, Colorado 80202
Telephone: (303) 831-8924
Facsimile: (303) 708-8276
Colorado Traffic Ticket and DUI Lawyer
Ross is a Colorado Traffic Lawyer who represents individuals throughout the state for all types of Traffic and DUI Tickets including the cities of Denver, Boulder, Aurora, Littleton, Englewood, Castle Rock, Lakewood, Thornton, Wheat Ridge, Golden, Westminster, Broomfield, Longmont, Fort Collins, Breckenridge, Georgetown, Colorado Springs, Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch, and Parker, and for Speeding Tickets and DUI Violations issued in the counties of Denver, Boulder, Jefferson, Arapahoe, Weld, Adams, Broomfield, Douglas, El Paso, Clear Creek, Summit, Larimer.
Point accumulations for suspension are as follows:
MINOR DRIVER: more than 5 points in any 12 consecutive months or more than 6 points for period of license;
MINOR 18 TO 21: 9 points in any 12 consecutive months or 12 points in any 24 consecutive months or 14 points for the period of the license;
REGULAR DRIVER: 12 points in any 12 consecutive months or 18 points in any 24 consecutive months;
COMMERCIAL DRIVER: 16 points in any 12 consecutive months or 24 points in any 24 consecutive months of 28 points in any 48 consecutive months. A CDL driver will also have his license suspended for two serious CDL violations in three years regardless of the number of points.
For a complete listing of the traffic violations and points assessed:
It is extremely difficult to beat a speeding ticket. Most of the options available in other states cannot be used in Colorado.
If you are contesting your speeding ticket here are some links that may be of value.
Colorado Speeding Ticket Courts Each of Colorado's 64 counties has a county court. County courts handle civil cases involving no more than $15,000, misdemeanor cases, felony advisements, bond setting, preliminary hearings, and traffic cases. County judges also issue search warrants as well as restraining orders in cases involving domestic violence arrest.
Denver Traffic Ticket FAQ Includes information on Denver Photo Radar Tickets.
Colorado State Statutes The speed laws are under Article 42.
ONLINE TRAFFIC SCHOOL
A few courts will allow you to take online traffic school and suspend the violation or give you probation. You best source of information is the clerk of court. If possible go in person and simply ask what the judge normally does for your particular violation and if traffic school is a possibility. Generally you need to contest the ticket and retain an attorney in order to get traffic school.
PREVENT FUTURE TRAFFIC TICKETS
Purchasing a quality radar detector and laser detector and learning how to use it can help prevent future traffic tickets. Click HERE to see our radar and laser detector recommendations.
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