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Simplified Law: Careless Driving Charges in Denver

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Jul 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

I n this week's installment of Simplified Law, we'll take a look at Careless Driving charges. This broad law can result in serious charges – but don't lose hope if you have been ticketed in Adams, Jefferson, or Denver County. Get informed about this crime and how you can defend yourself in court and protect your future.

The Lawyer's Definition of Careless Driving

The legal jargon:

“Aperson 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.”

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The Simplified Definition of Careless Driving

The simplified version:

“Aperson will be charged with Careless Driving if they drive a car, bicycle, or other vehicle in a way which could be seen as careless or without regard for normal use of highways.”

An Example of Careless Driving Charges

Linda finally had time to fit in a chat with her sister. She had a long commute, and chatting during her drive was the perfect time to catch up. What Linda didn't notice was that she was speeding – only 10 miles per hour over normally, but during construction, she was going 25 over. When she saw the flashing lights of the Centennial police officer behind her, Linda sighed – the last thing Speeding she needed was a speeding ticket. She said goodbye to her sister, and rolled down her window. Imagine her surprise when she hears she is also facing Careless Driving charges. Apparently, someone saw her swerve earlier, and called the police. Because her actions were “careless,” she will now face criminal charges.

What is the Sentence for Careless Driving?

Careless Driving charges result in different sentences in Adams, Jefferson, and Douglas County, depending on the circumstances. Usually, it is a class 2 misdemeanor traffic offense, but when a person is harmed or killed, it is a class 1 misdemeanor traffic offense, with the possibility of county jail.

Why You Need a Criminal Lawyer for Careless Driving Charges

If you have been charged with Careless Driving in Boulder, Larimer, and Gilpin County, it is important to work with a skilled lawyer who can fight the charges against you. Even a misdemeanor conviction will have a negative effect on your life. Don't plead guilty to avoid jail time. Protect your future and contact a criminal defense attorney who understands the importance of fighting for your rights and future.

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If you or a loved one has been contacted by the Denver, Aurora, or Centennial police regarding Careless Driving charges, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office for a free consultation at 303-830-0880. Together, we will protect your future.Request a Free Consultation

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About the Author

Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.


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