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Can a relaxing vacation lead to disorderly conduct charges?

When on vacation, most people want to indulge themselves and have a good time. In some cases, you and your friends may become rowdy and rambunctious but do not intend to interfere with anyone else also attempting to have an enjoyable time. Unfortunately, certain situations could get out of hand or a misunderstanding could occur that results in a bit of fun turning into a legal situation.

After a few drinks, many people commonly find themselves letting go a bit more than they normally would, but if another person perceives your attempts at relaxation as disorderly conduct, you may find yourself dealing with police. Therefore, you may want to better understand what could constitute such conduct.

Did officers wrong you by failing to read your Miranda Rights?

In the United States, you have many rights that allow you to pursue certain opportunities and protect yourself from incrimination. Other individuals should not violate your rights, especially if you face a legal predicament. If you find yourself in a situation in which police officers take you into custody, your Miranda Rights may come into play. These rights can make a considerable difference in how your case proceeds.

An issue you may wish to understand when it comes to Miranda Rights relates to when the warning applies. If officers intend to question you about a situation after taking you into custody, they must ensure that you know your rights.

Is the one-leg stand test a good indicator of impairment?

Summer will be here soon and with it will come an increased police presence across Colorado in order to keep impaired drivers, whether they are visitors or residents, off the roads. If an officer pulls you over for a suspected DUI, you will likely be asked to perform a number of tests that will help law enforcement authorities determine if you are actually impaired. One of those tests is the one-leg stand.

The one-leg stand is just what it sounds like. You will need to stand stable on one-leg for a certain amount of time. Is this an accurate measure of impairment? Some say yes, others say no.

Let a lawyer help find a remedy to your drug possession charge

A drug-related crime can have a severely negative impact on your life if prosecuting attorneys achieve a conviction in a Colorado criminal court. This is a topic that the state takes very seriously; therefore, the penalties for such crimes are quite tough. One of the most commonly seen drug crimes in the state is possession, either for personal use or intent to distribute. If you are facing accusations of carrying an illegal substance, you may face charges at the state and/or federal level.

So, how do you know if your case will be a state or federal matter? What are the potential penalties of a possessions charge? Finally, what defense strategies are available?

Don't get smoked by drug manufacturing, cultivation charges

When you face criminal charges, rather than resigning yourself to a feeling of defeat and punishment, you may want to explore your defense options. Understanding a variety of elements relating to your situation could help you build a meaningful defense against the allegations. The more you know about your predicament, the more confident you might feel in your ability to address the legal proceedings ahead.

If the charges brought against you relate to drug manufacturing, certain state laws could affect the allegations, especially in certain states that legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

Driving while high can bring serious consequences

Despite the fact that the recreational use of marijuana is legal in Colorado, it remains illegal to drive while under the influence of any type of drug or alcohol. If caught, a drugged driver will face arrest for DUI and criminal charges. Those facing this unfortunate legal situation would be wise to confront any charges related to driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) by seeking legal help as soon as possible.

Creative ways to help your guests avoid DUI

Who doesn't love a great party? In fact, if you're like others in Colorado who just recently celebrated the holiday season and New Year, you probably went to (or hosted) a few parties of your own. With Valentine's Day just around the bend, many people are already working on plans for more romantic celebrations. Fine dining, as well as casual get-togethers, often include alcohol on beverage lists.

Were your rights violated?

If your childhood was anything like those of many others in Colorado, you might have been taught to always respect and obey authority. Fast forward to a moment in time when you look in your rear view mirror and see flashing red and blue lights atop a police car. Those childhood lessons likely kick in and you immediately pull off the road and come to a stop as safely as possible. What if it doesn't end there, however? What if a police officer asks you to step out of your car so he or she can take look inside?

Drug crimes involving cocaine come with serious consequences

In Colorado and elsewhere, drug crimes can result in serious consequences. The potential punishments for those involving cocaine, in particular, can be extremely substantial. If you are facing cocaine-related drug charges, you do have the right to employ a criminal defense team to help you fight your case in court.

Compared to other states, cocaine abuse in Colorado is relatively high. In an effort to curb the usage, manufacturing and selling of this drug, the penalties for cocaine-related drug crimes are quite severe.

How does Colorado handle driving under the influence?

Being accused of drinking and driving can make for one of your worst days in Colorado. However, just because you have been accused of driving under the influence, or DUI, does not mean you are automatically guilty. You are presumed innocent until and unless you are proved guilty in a court of law.

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