Statute of Limitations for Traffic Tickets in Colorado

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Class I Violations

Class I, sometimes referred to as Class A, traffic violations are considered misdemeanors in Colorado. The statute of limitations for traffic tickets in Colorado for Class I violations is one year. Class I violations include, but are not limited to, most speed-related offenses. Accidents resulting in minor personal injury may also be considered Class I, but the determination depends on the severity of the injuries sustained.

Class II Violations

Class II violations are classified as more serious infractions such as driving in excess of 25 mph over the posted speed limit or "careless" driving. Traffic tickets issued for these infractions also carry a statute of limitations of one year in Colorado.

Extensions

As with most states, Colorado has certain criteria that define when the statute of limitations is postponed or nonapplicable. If the accused is absent from the state, the statute of limitations is postponed until the individual returns to Colorado or for a maximum of five years after the date of issue for the ticket.

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