Denver officials say they are rewriting their guidelines for handling traffic offenses and citations because they appear to call for prosecutors to ignore evidence that suggests innocence.
The stunning statements were uncovered by Brian Maas, an investigative reporter for Denver’s CBS affiliate.
He cites a “Traffic Plea Offers 2013″ document that the Denver city attorney’s office confirmed” is authentic and still in use.
The document outlines what the city considers acceptable for plea bargains in traffic cases.
“If there is an offer on the citation, do not change that offer,” it explains. If there’s no offer on a ticket, “Bargain each charge on the ticket. Standard reduction is to reduce the points by half, but this can be increased or decreased depending on the circumstances (private or public location; if there’s an accident; amount of damage/injury; weather; bad driving record, etc.). Accident cases are bargained in the same way, but some charges such as speeding and no proof of insurance have separate guidelines, see charge guidelines below.”