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October 2014 Archives

The stigma of having to register as a sex offender

When it comes to sex crimes in Colorado, the consequences can be quite severe and include extended periods of prison time and a lifetime of parole. In an earlier article, "Colorado's Harsh Penalties For Sex Crime Convictions," we took a look at just what the Colorado legislature has handed down in terms of minimum and maximum sentences. Reading this earlier article, some may have been surprised to learn that with many sex crimes, there are no maximum punishments and that someone could end up having to serve life in prison or life on parole. 

What is a UDD?

Acronyms seem to multiply faster and faster every day. While you might LOL at that statement, remember that KISS is a guiding principle in our social media-engulfed culture. However, IRL the acronyms are sometimes easy to figure out and at other times they make us ROFL or SMH.

What’s the worst that can happen after a Halloween DUI?

Denver has a number of college campuses within its city limits and also within the metro area. The University of Colorado, the Community College of Denver, the University of Denver and many others. On a number of those campuses, this Friday night is going to be one of the biggest party events of the year.

Study: driving after marijuana use doubles car crash risk

NORML and other cannabis activists have been saying it for years: people should use cannabis responsibly and never drive while impaired. It is unlikely to be a shock to anyone who uses marijuana that a new study shows that driving after consuming cannabis can double the risk of a car accident.

Frightening facts about Halloween DUIs

Regular readers know we recently wrote about the increased law enforcement patrols that will be out next week on Halloween. As you probably recall, Denver area cities and counties are going to roll saturation patrols every night from Thursday, October 30, through Sunday, November 2, in hopes of deterring and apprehending DUI drivers.

Starting up a conversation about the ignition interlock

Some Denver drivers who have ignition interlock devices installed in their vehicles are not really drivers at all. When the would-be drivers use the ignition interlock, they can sometimes find that the device prevents their vehicle from starting.

It's a fact: a Colorado DUI is no fun

Everyone loves fun. So we thought we would share "fun facts" from the Alcohol: Problems and Solutions website. Among the fun facts is this one about Colorado: the site claims that state law says wine can only be sold in containers of at least 24 hours. Spirits (gin, vodka, tequila, etc.) must be in containers of at least one fifth of a gallon. The site also claims that Colorado hotel mini-bars cannot serve any alcohol in anything larger than those mini-containers.

Will Colorado increase DUI enforcement for Halloween?

Halloween used to be a time for children to dress up as ghosts, cowboys and princesses to walk the neighborhood for candy. Today, the holiday is more of an occasion for adults to dress in wild costumes to attend parties with friends.

Who had more DUIs last year: Adams County or Denver County?

The state of Colorado has an informative website at NoDUIColorado.org. One of its most interesting features is an interactive map of the state which shows the number of DUI arrests in each county last year, as well as the average blood alcohol content (BAC) of the drivers in the arrests.

Is vehicular homicide the most serious DUI charge I can face?

There are a number of possible permutations of drunken driving charges in Colorado. They include DUI (driving under the influence) and DUI per se (a DUI in which the arresting officer believes he has scientific proof from a blood or breath test that a driver was under the influence). There is also DWAI (driving while ability impaired) and DUID (driving under the influence of drugs).

Preventing a Colorado DUI

They say that prevention is better than cure. Benjamin Franklin phrased it a bit differently: "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." And the state of Colorado puts its own distinctive spin on the idea, stating that "every DUI is preventable."

If you drive this car, you're most likely to get a ticket

Subaru's WRX, a hot-looking performance sports car, tops the list of vehicles most likely to be stopped and their drivers ticketed, according to the "Ticket Magnet" survey. While it might not shock many readers that a car with get-up-and-go leads the list, some might be surprised by the inclusion of the not-so-fast-and-not-so-furious Volkswagen Rabbit in the top ten, along with the sedate Mercury Topaz.