While there is no stairs prohibiting the deferred, most prosecutors in Colorado would not offer a deferred on your facts unless they determined they would have significant problems proceeding to a trial, e.g., they had a bad test and missing witnesses.
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There are certain traffic offenses which are violations anywhere in the state, whether on a roadway or not. Those offenses include, but may not be limited to, careless, reckless, DUI and registration violations. Politely ask the prosecutor if he/she can point you to the specific state statute or city ordinance that allows for enforcement of the offense in the specific jurisdiction.
Most prosecutors will offer a reduction in points in all but the most aggregious traffic cases, especially if you have no, or few, previous entries on your driving history. most law enforcement officers in Colorado do not use dash mounted videos. State Patrol is the agency that uses the most video. You can call me for a free consultation if you'd like. 303-522-2220
Many prosecutors will offer a reduction in points (usually half the original charge) to every first-time offender. You might be able to improve on the offer if you agree to attend a few hours of traffic school.
You are entitled to all of the evidence in the case as part of "Discovery". You can demand the accident report from the prosecutor. The prosecution bears the burden of proving every element of the charge. You can demand a trial and force the prosecutor to prove that the damage to the vehicle was consistent with hitting the curb. The officer probably was unable to locate a "point of impact" along the roadway. The officer probably didn't even go to the scene 8 hours later.
You could call the law firm and negotiate a settlement. Most governments will turn over unpaid tickets to a collection agency / law firm in the hope that a certain percentage of the lost funds can be collected. Under certain circumstances your failure to resolve the matter could result in a lawsuit or it could negatively affect your credit history.
The incorrect information on the ticket can be amended at any time by the prosecutor. In and of itself it would not cause a dismissal. Officers do not have to have their running lights on in that situation.
Defending DUI charges is a specialized area of the law. You should concentrate your search for the best lawyer on those who limit the majority of their practice to DUI defense. Ask a few Non-DUI attorneys who would they hire. When you receive one referral's name mentioned several times, that may be the right attorney.