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December 2015 Archives

Therapy is crucial for people accused of DUI

A woman was arrested for driving under the influence twice in the span of a week, and three times during a nine-month span. The police seem dismayed at a justice system that wasn't doing enough to punish the woman. While this didn't happen here in Colorado, it still shows the struggles that some people have with alcohol.

Questions over alleged collision in DUI case

When someone is accused of a crime and they say "I didn't do it," most people would hear that explanation and raise an eyebrow or roll their eyes. It's such a cliched answer that it is nearly impossible to take it seriously. And yet, in some cases, this explanation may be true -- or at least there are extenuating circumstances involved that make the person's story believable.

Repeat DUI offender faces multiple felonies after arrest

While the following story didn't occur here in Colorado, the subject at hand is still relevant no matter where you live. In this case, a person with prior DUI convictions was pulled over on Christmas Eve and arrested for driving under the influence. Considering the man's prior convictions, he was charged with a wide array of crimes, many of them felonies. As a result of these charges, the man is facing an extensive list of consequences.

Be careful out on the road this holiday season

In our last post, we talked about how the police are going to be launching another round of DUI patrols during the holiday season in the state of Colorado. This isn't particularly surprising, nor is it specific to the state of Colorado. These holiday DUI patrols happen all across the country every year, and for good reason. Many holiday events involve alcohol, and people freely consume it and then, unfortunately, make the mistake of getting behind the wheel of a car.

DUI patrols in early December catch nearly 600 across Colorado

Dubbed a "holiday party DUI patrol," the Colorado Department of Transportation and local law enforcement agencies -- along with state patrols -- covered a lot of ground from Dec. 4 to Dec. 14 in their goal to catch impaired drivers. During the massive operation, 596 people were arrested for driving while impaired. There will be another similar campaign over the New Year holiday period, starting on Dec. 30 and running through Jan. 4, 2016.

On DUIs for people with commercial driver's licenses

Many Colorado residents have a commercial driver's license. This license is essential to their ability to work. They are truck drivers; bus drivers; taxi drivers; drivers for private motor carriers; and even drivers for civic organizations and churches. Having a commercial driver's license is a huge responsibility, and it provides an incredible opportunity for people.

BAC tests can be successfully challenged

In our last post, we talked about the controversial DUI case from Colorado that may go before the U.S. Supreme Court. In that case, a dubious blood draw which garnered police the BAC levels of the person accused of drunk driving was ruled inadmissible by a judge because it was obtained without a warrant.

Supreme Court may take on controversial Colorado DUI case

Living here in Colorado, most of our readers have probably heard the ongoing DUI story involving Jack Schaufele, a man who caused a crash and was found to have a blood alcohol level that was almost three time the legal limit. He was arrested on DUI charges, but a state judge ultimately ruled that the evidence the police had garnered from Schaufele's body -- the blood sample that showed his BAC level -- was inadmissible in court.

Study says drunk driving on decline for teens, young adults

Last week we wrote a post about underage drinking and driving. Though it is an uncommon charge, it is still a crime that warrants serious attention because the teens who commit this crime could have their futures ruined forever. Thankfully, a new survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that drunk driving by teenagers is on the decline.

Drugged driving also poses big problem

When you hear the acronym "DUI" it is perfectly natural for your mind to immediately think of drunk driving, as if DUIs are only for people who drive under the influence of alcohol. However, drugged driving is a major problem in our society, and receiving a DUID carries many of the same penalties and consequences that a drunk driving charge carries.

Much at stake for repeat DUI offenders

If you have been convicted of a DUI in the past, then you are well aware of the punishment that such a crime can inflict on the individual. Your life can be thrown into chaos, as you struggle to hold a job or find a new one, let alone deal with all of the significant legal penalties (jail time, loss of license, financial penalties) that the crime carries.

For those accused of a DUI: get legal help

Imagine for a moment that you go out to a restaurant to celebrate a friend's birthday, or a coworker's promotion, or just to have a fun time with family. At this event, you decide to have a few alcoholic drinks, and as such, your blood alcohol content is above the legal limit of 0.08. But you don't know that at the time -- and maybe in the spirit of the evening or even with all of the positive vibes you are feeling, you don't even care. This is a mistake to be sure, but it's a choice you make anyway.

.02 BAC limit applies to Coloradoans under the age of 21

As we all know, the legal blood alcohol limit for a driver is 0.08. That BAC level is uniform across the country. However, that is the law that applies to adults who don't operate commercial vehicles. People who drive taxis, trucks, buses -- they are subject to more stringent BAC laws. And younger people have even stricter laws applied to them too.