Ticket Fines and Penalties in Colorado
Traffic fines in Colorado vary by county, court and even by case. This means, for example, that a fine for illegal passing in Jefferson county may not be the same as in Gilpin county.
Check your citation for the fine amount. If you decide to challenge the ticket, the presiding judge may, depending on the outcome of your case, raise or lower the initial fine posted on your citation.
For more information regarding fines, contact the county court listed on your ticket.
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)
- Pay the fine
- Option to plea bargain penalties
- Receive points on your driving record (could lead to license suspension/revocation)
- Incur possible jump in auto insurance rates
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Paying your Traffic Ticket »
(Plead Not Guilty)
- Challenge traffic ticket in court
- Represent yourself or hire an attorney
- Possibly lose option to plea bargain for lesser penalties
- Have charges dismissed if found not guilty, but still pay court and attorney fees
- Be charged guilty and pay ticket fine, court and lawyer fees
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Fighting your Traffic Ticket »
Increased Auto Insurance Rates
Depending on the severity of your traffic infraction and whether it gets you added points on your diving record, you might see a leap in your auto insurance rates. If your premiums exceed your budget, take the time to compare auto insurance rates online to quickly find the best deal.
Colorado Point System
Each time you're convicted of a traffic violation, Colorado's Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) adds points to your driving record. If you accrue a certain number of points within a designated period of the time, the MVD suspends your license.
Point totals resulting in suspensions follow:
Minor Driver Under 18 years old
- 6 points in any 12 months
- 7 points or more for the duration of the license
Minor Driver Between 18 and 21 years old.
- 9 points in any 12 months
- 12 points in any 24 months
- 14 points during the course of the license
Adult Driver over 21 years old
- 12 points in any 12 months
- 18 points in any 24 months
The points have staying power. If, for example, you had your license suspended for accumulating 12 points in 12 months, reinstatement will not cleanse your record of the points. The points will remain on your driving record.
For more information, read our page on the Colorado point system.
CO Driver's License Suspension, Revocation and Cancellation
The terms associated with the loss of driving privileges in Colorado are defined as such:
License Suspension―A temporary withdrawal of driving privileges; a valid license may be reissued upon reinstatement
License Revocation―A license is rendered invalid and cannot be reissued; reinstatement requires passing the written and driving tests again
License Denial―A restraint action when no valid license exists at the time of restraint
License Cancellation―A Colorado driver's license is voided
In addition to excessive point totals, you could also have your license suspended, revoked or canceled for the following violations:
- Refusing a sobriety test
- Altering or defacing your driver's license
- DWI conviction
- Leaving the scene of an accident without stopping, exchanging information and rendering aid
- Lending your driver's license to someone else
- Failing to pay a traffic violation fine
- Failing to appear for a reexamination mandated by the MVD
- Failing to provide proof of car insurance
- Getting convicted of manslaughter stemming from a motor vehicle accident
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