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It's just a speeding ticket, what's the big deal?

It seems that just about everyone drives over the speed limit. Speeding is dangerous, though, and is the cause of numerous car accidents in Colorado and elsewhere every year. Due to the safety issue it poses, if one is caught speeding the penalties can be fairly severe.

Severe penalties for speeding, really? Yes, really. In Colorado, depending on the speed at which law enforcement claims one was traveling, maximum penalties can include jail time. Here is how a few speeding violations are treated by the state:

  • Speeding at one to 24 mph over the limit: Class A infraction, punishable by fines
  • Speeding 25 mph over the limit: Class 2 misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $300 or a jail term up to 90 days -- or both
  • Speeding 25 mph over the limit in a construction zone: Class 2 misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or up to a one year jail term -- or both
  • Driving too fast for road conditions: Class A infraction, punishable by fines

Most people do not think that they can go to jail for speeding, but it is possible. The fine alone that may accompany a jail term may not break the bank, but being incarcerated can affect one's professional life and ability to support him or herself and his or her family. This is why fighting certain speeding tickets is in one's best interests.

Colorado residents who have been hit with speeding tickets -- particularly those that are categorized as Class 1 or 2 misdemeanors -- can turn to an experienced criminal defense attorney to help them fight their cases in court. By thoroughly investigating their cases and questioning any evidence offered, it may be possible to get their tickets dismissed or at least seek to minimize any consequences associated with convictions. While fighting certain speeding tickets can prove challenging, with legal counsel at one's side it is possible to take the actions necessary to achieve the best outcome possible.

Source: leg.colorado.gov, "Penalties for Speeding Violations", Accessed on Sept. 6, 2017

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