Careless Driving Colorado Attorney
Many are tempted to drive their cars a little carelessly by taking turns too sharply, cutting other drivers off, or by speeding in Denver or Arapahoe County. While those actions may seem harmless, each is considered to be a Careless Driving offense (learn about other traffic crimes). Careless Driving takes place, not only in a motor vehicle, but also on a low-power scooter, on an electrical-assisted bicycle, or on a standard bicycle (C.R.S. 42-4-1402).
Reasons You Could be Pulled Over for Careless Driving
You may be pulled over by a Denver police officer for driving slowly due to adverse weather conditions or for simply not paying attention. A Careless Driving conviction basically comes down to the act and state of mind in which a person is driving “without due regard” or “disregard” for safety. Careless driving in Jefferson and Hinsdale County is similar to being negligent on the driver's part, and is a “catch all” label for a driving offense which isn't specifically covered by another Colorado statute. Sometimes, officers add it to any other charges when an accident or collision results in property damage or personal injury.
Colorado Sentencing for a Careless Driving Offense:
Different charges for the offense of careless driving include the following:
1.Driving Carelessly: Misdemeanor Traffic Offense, Class 2
2.Driving Carelessly, Resulting in Bodily Injury or Physical Harm to a Person or Persons: Misdemeanor Traffic Offense, Class 1
3.Driving Carelessly Resulting in Death to a Person or Persons, which includes the Death of an Unborn Child: Misdemeanor Traffic Offense, Class 1
Careless Driving is a “catch-all” crime. If you are
facing charges, you need to fight to protect your freedom.
Colorado Careless Driving Statute: C.R.S. 42-4-1402
“A person who drives a motor vehicle, bicycle, electrical assisted bicycle, or low-powered scooter 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, is guilty of careless driving. (b) If a person's actions are the proximate cause of bodily injury to another, such person commits a class 1 misdemeanor traffic offense. (c) If the person's actions are the proximate cause of death to another, such person commits a class 1 misdemeanor traffic offense.”