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A DUI arrest doesn't always mean a conviction

Maybe you had a couple of drinks with family or friends. Maybe you got behind the wheel afterward. A police officer stopped you and after conducting some tests, he or she suspected you of driving under the influence. Does an arrest equal a conviction?

Support is crucial for people addicted to drugs

While many people see drugs as a criminal issue, for the people who are using them, drugs are more of a health issue. Drug addiction is a real issue that must be addressed if the person is going to have any hope of getting clean and avoiding future criminal charges.

What a blood alcohol concentration really is and why it matters

When you're stopped by police, you might be asked to take a breath test. This test measures your blood alcohol concentration. Why do they want that test? To prove that you've been drinking and driving over the legal limit.

Intoxilyzer 9000 forgery scandal details unfolding, Part 2

Stories like the below recur with some sense of regularity across the United States. When they do, they understandably garner a lot of ink and adverse press, and rightfully so, given that there are immediately adverse outcomes spelled for individuals who are victimized by the details they reveal.

Stand up against accusations of domestic violence

Domestic violence charges can come after a variety of situations occur. We recently discussed how stalking someone might end with you facing criminal charges based on that behavior. This is only one example. Other examples include physical violence, financial abuse, and emotional abuse.

Why do people make false allegations of rape?

False accusations of rape can ruin a person's life. It hurts their reputation and impacts everything from social relationships to jobs. It's important that a victim is believed when he or she comes forward, but it's equally vital that anyone accused of sexual assault or rape has a chance to defend him or herself. Even the charge itself can impact your life, which is why it's important to have a defense from the first time you realize you'll be accused.

Sheriff's deputy allegedly intoxicated at work, gets arrested

If you've been enjoying the benefits of a good, strong drink for a number years, it' easy to underestimate just how intoxicated you are. The human body builds up a remarkable tolerance to alcohol, leaving many individuals who are legally impaired believing that they are perfectly fine to operate a vehicle or engage in other activities. In fact, it can happen to just about anyone.

You have options for handling traffic tickets

A lot of thoughts might go through your mind when you get a traffic ticket. One of the first things that you have to think about is what type of ticket you received. There are two types of traffic tickets -- an infraction or an offense. Your options for handling the ticket differ depending on the type.

Mass forgeries challenge integrity of Colorado DUI convictions

As noted in a recent Denver Post article, Colorado law does not mandate that an expert be called into court to pontificate on the accuracy of a breath-test machine when the blood-alcohol content measurement it delivered is centrally important in a drunk driving case.

Underage drunk driving can ruin your promising future

Underage drinking and driving is a very serious crime that can have significant impacts on your entire future. Think about how difficult it might be to have to tell a possible employer that you have a criminal record because of an underage drinking and driving conviction. You could face the possibility of having a degree without being able to put it to use.

Luck of the leprechaun this Friday? Police say don't bet on it

For those who like to occasionally meet and socialize outside their homes with friends (and, candidly, who doesn't fit that description?), is it really propitious that St. Patrick's Day -- certainly on the short list of any calendar entry vying for top-party day of the year -- falls on a Friday this year?

New law seeks to keep stalkers behind bars

A new bill is making its way through the legislature that may significantly change the way that those convicted of habitual domestic violence or felony stalking are treated by the court. The bill is part of a response to public outrage after a woman who filed a restraining order against her former boyfriend was later killed by him.

Why routinely harsh exactions against young offenders lack sense

Unless you happen to be an adult who favors a stern and uncompromising criminal law outcome for an offender in every instance, you likely view that some lenience should logically attach to sentences meted out to youthful offenders in Colorado and elsewhere.

How are sobriety checkpoints legal?

Sobriety checkpoints are a frustrating reality of our current legal system, but their acceptance is far from universal. Currently, about 20 percent of the country has outlawed their use on constitutional grounds. At a federal level, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled nearly thirty years ago that sobriety checkpoints could be used by law enforcement without violating citizens' rights because the intrusion to drivers is relatively minimal compared to the increased safety offered to the public. However, while Colorado does allow law enforcement to use sobriety checkpoints, it must do so according to appropriate guidelines.

Protecting your rights when suspected of DUI

You've likely heard that drunk drivers cause approximately half of all fatal accidents in Colorado. Statistics suggest such estimations are high. Although any life lost because a person drove drunk is one life too many, it's worth noting that not every person pulled over and charged with DUI is guilty of the crime. Also, if you are charged with driving under the influence (or any other criminal offense) you are presumed innocent unless proved otherwise in court. Not every drunk driving charge results in conviction.

DUI for CDL drivers; DWI for Professional Drivers

Life as a professional over-the-road driver can be both exhilarating and challenging. Whether you are a bus driver who helps people get where they need to be going, or you are an interstate long-haul freight trucker, you know that your position presents you with a unique responsibility to stay safe and cautious while driving. However, mistakes are often made. A DUI for CDL drivers can be crippling, and can carry with it significant consequences. Understanding the regulations of your CDL license and what can disqualify you from operating a commercial vehicle in the future is necessary for your career.