Under Colorado law, habitual offenders - those who are convicted of three or more serious traffic violations within a seven-year period - can be treated harshly, garnering steep penalties for infractions that include jail time and license revocation. However, not every Colorado driver is aware of what constitutes a serious offense under the legal definition.
In fact, some comparably minor offenses, such as reckless driving, could compound to put you at risk for being treated as someone who, according to the law, has "demonstrated their indifference to the safety and welfare of others and their disrespect for the laws."
Common serious traffic violations include:
• Driving a motor vehicle on a highway in violation of a license restriction
• Driving under suspension or revocation
• DUIs and DWAIs
• Failing to perform your duties as the driver of a motor vehicle that was involved in an accidental death or personal injury
• Making false affidavits as required by motor vehicle laws
• Reckless driving
• Vehicular assault or homicide.
Even drivers who have shown improvement for long periods of time can be hit with this classification. For instance, those who have gone as long as five or six years without incurring a driving infraction, but who had two reckless driving convictions previously, could stand to face steeper penalties if they are labeled a habitual offender through a conviction in a new case.
If you're facing a charge that may give you this legal distinction or are unsure of whether a new offense may put you at risk for this classification, it's important that you enlist a qualified law firm in Colorado to help you manage your case. At The Orr Law firm, we fully understand all Colorado reckless driving, DWAI and drunk driving laws. With our years of experience, we'll be able to assess your case and recommend a course of action.