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Careless Driving

Careless Driving

Careless Driving may be charged as either a Class 2 Misdemeanor Traffic Offense (in cases where there is no injury or death to another person) or a Class 1 Misdemeanor Traffic Offense (in cases where there is injury or death to another). Often, Careless Driving is charged when there is a motor vehicle accident involving property damage or personal injury, with a mandatory court appearance by the driver. Careless Driving is also a “catch-all charge” often written by officers where no other traffic charge seems to fit the violation.

Careless Driving Without Bodily Injury or Death

Careless Driving

A charge for Careless Driving without bodily injury or death to another person is a moderately serious charge. It is a Class 2 Misdemeanor Traffic Offense and a conviction may result in a scheduled fine of $150.00 to $300.00 plus court costs and surcharges, a possible jail sentence of 10 to 90 days (usually only ordered in cases where there are aggravating factors, such as injury to a person or reckless indifference to the safety of others), restitution, community or useful public service, probation for one year or longer, and other possible requirements by the court, with an assessment of 4 points to the driver’s license. In some cases, this violation may affect your automobile insurance coverage or premium rates for years to come.

Careless Driving With Bodily Injury or Death

Careless Driving

A charge for Careless Driving where the driver’s actions are the proximate cause of bodily injury or death to another person is a serious charge. It is a Class 1 Misdemeanor Traffic Offense and a conviction may result in a scheduled fine of $300.00 to $1,000.00 plus court costs and surcharges, a possible jail sentence of 10 days to 1 year, restitution, community or useful public service, probation for one year or longer, and other possible requirements by the court, with an assessment of points — 4 points for causing bodily injury or 12 points for causing death — to the driver’s license. In some cases, this violation may affect your automobile insurance coverage or premium rates for years to come.

Careless DrivingAlert to All Drivers – Requirement for Payment of Restitution
Important: Colorado law provides that “any person convicted of a Class 1 or Class 2 Misdemeanor Traffic Offense — such as Careless Driving — shall be required to pay restitution” to the person who incurred damages as a result of the violation. See C.R.S. § 42-4-1701. Restitution is payment to the injured party in order to make that person whole again in such a position that the person was in before the incident, and includes payment for economic damages (e.g., property damage, medical bills, or lost wages) and non-economic damages (e.g., pain and suffering, disfigurement, or loss of enjoyment of life). Be sure that you fully understand the consequences of a conviction for the charge of Careless Driving.
Careless DrivingCommercial Drivers License CDL Alert: Causing a Fatality
Important: A conviction or an administrative determination for causing a fatality through the negligent operation of a CMV is a “Major Offense” under the Commercial Drivers License CDL Program and will result in a one-year or life-time CDL Disqualification. Be sure that you fully understand the consequences of this charge on your CDL driving privileges.
Careless DrivingAlert to All Drivers With Professional Licenses – Duty to Report, If Conviction
Important: Some licensed professionals — doctors, dentists, nurses, chiropractors, therapists, and attorneys, etc. — may be required under state regulations to report criminal misdemeanor convictions such as Careless Driving to the appropriate governmental licensing agency.

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