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What a DUI expungement can do for you

We have all hear the terrible stories of people who are convicted of a crime. Their criminal history damages their reputation so severely that they struggle to complete even basic life tasks -- and not necessarily because of their inability to get them done. It is almost always because of that criminal history coming back to haunt them. It can block them from jobs, make it impossible for them to register to vote and, in general, it can be a defeating (and repetitively so) factor.

What are some of the DUI penalties in Colorado?

When someone is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, there is a lot on the line for that accused person. There are so many penalties that they face, and there are also indirect consequences related to their alleged crime. They may not be able to find housing or a job simply because of their criminal history. Their insurance rates will also skyrocket. Add this on top of the legal consequences, and a DUI can be one of the most disruptive crimes a person is accused of.

If you refuse a breath test, what will happen?

Some people may think that an ingenious strategy to avoid giving a police officer your blood alcohol levels is to refuse the breath test. Such a simple denial must be a good strategy for getting off the hook of a DUI, right? Well, actually, that isn't the case. Sure, you can refuse the breath test if you want to -- but that doesn't mean it's a good idea.

Avalanche hits early

The snow season has not started in Aspen, but an avalanche has already hit nearby Snowmass Village. As you might recall, city councilman Chris Jacobson was arrested for drunken driving this past summer. Following the arrest, Jacobson was captured on surveillance video trashing a holding cell by pulling out wires, ripping off pieces of rubberized material from walls and urinating on the floor.

Colorado State Patrol: Zero tolerance this weekend

Colorado's Fall Festival enforcement period is one of the longest of the year, running from mid-September through Monday, Oct. 26. The State Patrol said yesterday that it is going to ramp up enforcement this weekend with two goals: zero fatalities and zero tolerance for dangerous driving.

Streaming a DUI?

On the Periscope website, the company says its app allows users to discover "the world through someone else's eyes." The application allows people to share with the world (or their friends) live video of whatever they're doing, from hot air ballooning to mountain climbing to walking on a beach.

DUID: Not what the doctor ordered

It can begin with something as innocent and painful as a sprained ankle. Every time you take a step, you wince. Simple tasks are made difficult. The solution is simple: you ask your doctor for medication to keep the pain under control. He or she obliges -- and that's when the trouble begins.

Part II: Can prosecutors try to use "junk science" in your DUI case?

As regular readers know, we wrote about retrograde extrapolation in our previous post. It's a questionable bit of "science" that Denver-area prosecutors will sometimes use to try to argue that a person was drunk at the time of a car accident, even though no blood-alcohol test was taken at the time of the crash or its immediate aftermath.

Could a prosecutor try to use "junk science" in your DUI case?

There are some situations in which a person's blood-alcohol level is tested hours after a car accident has taken place. The blood-alcohol content (BAC) is determined to be below Colorado's legal threshold of .08 percent, yet the driver is regardless charged with DUI.

Where does Denver rank on 'drunkest cities' list?

First, add up the bars per capita, and then include the liquor stores per capita. Add in the number of wineries per capita, drinking-related tweets and the city's divorce rate. That's how Roadsnacks came up with its list of "10 Drunkest Cities in Colorado." While it might not be the most scientific study ever undertaken, it's one of those irresistible lists that give us an idea of how we are perceived by the rest of the world.

Study: Drugged driving on the rise

Drunk driving has dropped over recent years, a new report states, while drugged driving is on the rise. The Governors Highway Safety Association study says that marijuana legalization and surging prescription medication use leading causes of in the increase in drivers impaired by drugs -- though it notes that illegal drug use is a major contributor to the problem as well.