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.
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?
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.
Were you recently arrested for driving under the influence or driving while ability impaired? A conviction could have both short- and long-term consequences that could cause irreversible damage to your life. In order to avoid or minimize the effects of a DUI or DWAI conviction, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible after your arrest.
The blood alcohol content limit is an important standard used by police to determine if some is driving while impaired. However, every individual handles his or her alcohol intake differently, and several factors such as body weight and gender can affect how alcohol impacts the consumer. Creating a DUI defense may come as a need to even those responsible Colorado alcohol consumers as the lowering of the blood alcohol limit becomes a national issue.
Everyone makes mistakes. Whether it's having one beer too many at happy hour or misjudging your ability to drive after a night out, you may find yourself pulled over on suspicion of DUI. And that small mistake may suddenly seem a lot bigger and a lot more serious.
From heavy fines to license revocation to an extended stay behind bars, the possible punishments that follow a conviction on drunk driving charges are serious and can potentially follow a person for the rest of their life. Specifically in Colorado, even a first-time offense can warrant a mandatory ignition interlock device being installed in a defendant's future vehicles.
Coloradoans passed Amendment 64 during the November election to legalize possession and use of small amounts of marijuana by people 21 and older. It also provides for the licensing of cultivation and testing facilities. The Amendment made Colorado one of the most lenient states for marijuana use in the country.