In Colorado, reckless driving is defined as someone operating a motor vehicle “in such a manner as to indicate either a wanton or a willful disregard for the safety of persons or property.” You may have had an accident with another car, hit a pedestrian or bicyclist, or damaged property such as a mailbox or even a house by driving off the road. In these and other situations, you may be charged with reckless driving, depending on the specific circumstances of your case. To find out more about how your particular reckless driving case is likely to play out, call the Colorado Springs office of our law firm today at 719-496-2177 for your free, confidential consultation.
Does Reckless Driving Only Apply to Cars in Colorado?
While the majority of reckless driving charges are for people who were driving a car, truck, or motorcycle at the time of the alleged violation, you can also be charged with reckless driving in Colorado if you have an accident of some kind on a bicycle, electric-assisted bicycle, or low-power scooter. Reckless driving charges for those vehicles are much rarer, but they can happen.
What Are the Consequences for Reckless Driving in Colorado?
Reckless driving is a Class 2 Traffic Misdemeanor in Colorado and can carry a possible penalty if convicted of 10 to 90 days in jail and a fine from $150.00 to $300.00. Eight points are also counted against your driver’s license for a first offense. If you are convicted of three major traffic violations (8 points or above), Colorado law provides that your driver’s license will be suspended for 5 years. If your reckless driving charge is not your first, the penalties may be higher than they would be for a first offense.
What is the Difference Between Careless Driving and Reckless Driving in Colorado?
Careless driving is a less serious charge than reckless driving and carries the potential for lighter penalties. The difference between a careless driving charge and a reckless driving charge is that careless driving involves passively ignoring a risk, while reckless driving requires that the driver consciously and willfully ignored a risk. In other words, a careless driver did not even consider the risks, but a reckless driver did consider the risks and willfully and deliberately chose to ignore them. It’s a fine distinction and one that can be argued in court. Reach out to our law firm today by calling 719-496-2177 to see how we can help you understand your reckless driving charge and defend yourself against it.