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Offered by Brighton Criminal Defense Attorney Gregory R. McMahon

Your privilege to drive depends on your driving record. The Colorado Department of Revenue will suspend your driving privilege if you get too many tickets and points. The Colorado Department of Revenue on its website gives specific information regarding how many points you may accumulate without risking your driving privilege.

Minor Driver 17 & Under
Within any 12 months | Points Requiring Suspension: 6 or more
At any point while under 18 | Points Requiring Suspension: 7 or more

Minor Driver 18-21
Within any 12 months | Points Requiring Suspension: 9 or more
At any point while under 18 | Points Requiring Suspension: 12 or more
At any point between ages 18-21 | Points Requiring Suspension: 14 or more

Adult 21 & Over
Within any 12 months | Points Requiring Suspension: 12 or more
Within any 24 months | Points Requiring Suspension: 18 or more

You are required to have automobile insurance. However, if you are pulled over, and simply left your valid insurance card at home, the charge will be dismissed so long as you can produce in court a valid insurance card that proves you had insurance on the day you were ticketed. I suggest that you keep a copy of your insurance card inside your car as well as a second copy in your wallet or purse to avoid this.

You have a duty to report an accident to the police. A colleague of mine told me of one of her cases where the driver hit the curb, and the tire was pulled from the rim. The driver left the car on the side of the road and went to seek help. Unfortunately, this person was charged with failure to report an accident, a 12-point offense. Time will tell how that case turns out. I had a former client who hit a deer and received the same failure to report an accident charge. Luckily, that case worked out. Play it safe. If you are involved in any type of accident, you should report it.

The information in this column is not legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship.

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