H. Michael Steinberg has over 32 years experience practicing Colorado criminal law. Mr. Steinberg strives to stay current with the ever changing aspects of criminal law issues and updates resulting in his extensive knowledge of successful criminal defense as well as appellate work. He is also an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association, the Colorado Trial Lawyer's Association, and the Colorado and Arapahoe Bar Associations.
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New Colorado Law Takes Drivers License For Transit Ticket

It is to your extreme peril that you ignore the passage of little laws that may make a big difference in your life.

In June of 2012 – Governor Hickenlooper signed a law that changes the penalty for failire to pay the fare on RTD:

Under current law, the crime of theft of transit for failure to pay the applicable fare or to present a valid pass or coupon is a class 2 petty offense punishable by a fine of up to $100.

NOW, after the new law was signed (Senate Bill 12-0440,- the offense is a class B traffic infraction punishable by a fine of $75.

So what – you say — well by moving the matter into the traffic code – a person with an outstanding judgment (unpaid ticket) for the new infraction is prohibited from obtaining or renewing a driver’s license.

But alas – th enew law also creates a process for sealing existing criminal convictions for theft of transit by fare evasion.