My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Colorado
I was driving in the number 1 lane today and I needed to make a left-hand turn at the upcoming light. The car in front of me was moving up slowly and then stopped. I thought I might have enough room to get by and into the turn lane. Turns out I was wrong and scrapped her rear quarter-panel with my car. It did very little damage to her car but gave my car a couple of dents and scraped the paint. Nothing major though. We pulled over to the side and called the cops to take a police report. The police officer arrived and wrote me a citation for Careless Driving because he said the damage to my car exceeded $1000. He also said under the definition of the law he didn't have a choice but to charge me with Careless Driving and explained I would have a mandatory court appearance and could attempt to plea-bargain with the prosecutor at that time. I was literally going less than 5mph. I just made a poor judgment on the amount of room I had available between the car I hit and the curb. How is this sort of accident one that carries potential jail time? Does anyone have any experience plea bargaining in a case like this? I'm fine with the points on my license I'm just really concerned about getting a criminal record.