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.