Spending time in the State of Colorado can be a lot of fun. But, getting a speeding ticket can put a damper on your getaway. Whether you are traveling in Colorado on business or for pleasure, the possibility of getting a speeding ticket is real. Especially as an out of state driver, here is some information that you need to know about Colorado speeding tickets.
As in many states, the speeding ticket fine and other motor vehicle violation fines will depend on where you were charged. These fines and other penalties can vary from county to county. Your traffic citation will have specific information about:
- What you have been charged with.
- The fine you owe and other penalties.
- How you can pay your fines.
- Which court will handle your case.
If you need help interpreting this information, contact a traffic violation lawyer.
If you want to plead guilty or nolo contendere to the charges, you should pay your fine. The state of Colorado accepts payment:
- By mail.
- By phone.
- In person.
Again, your ticket will have specific information about how you can pay your ticket.
Deciding How To Plead
If you are not sure if you should plead no contest or not guilty, you won’t have too much time to decide. You have to pay the speeding ticket within 20 days of getting it. If you don’t, you might have to appear in court. If you don’t appear in court and you don’t pay the ticket, you can get more penalties. This includes additional fines, suspension of your license, and even a warrant for your arrest. It is always best to respond to a speeding ticket as soon as possible.
If you want to plead not guilty, it means that you have to appear in court. This can be difficult if you live in another state, such as Connecticut. You might have to spend a lot of time and money to get back to Colorado and appear for your ticket. You should consider if it is worth it to try to plead guilty or if paying the fine will be cheaper and the better option for you in the long run. A lawyer can help you make this decision.
One other way to avoid a speeding ticket in Colorado is by partaking in their defensive driving course. You might be eligible for this course, especially if you’ve never gotten another traffic ticket in Colorado. But again, if you want to take the course you will have to do so in Colorado. This might not be feasible if you live out of state.
If you face a Colorado speeding ticket, you might have questions. We have answers! Contact our office at 800-520-1725 for more information.