We note on our criminal defense website at Shazam Kianpour & Associates the often mistaken assumption that a ticketed traffic offense is largely an irritant/inconvenience and nothing more.
The term “Winter Blitz” is currently being referenced in many Colorado media outlets. That might reasonably sound like an all-out effort by marketers to lure state residents into shopping centers to scarf up the holiday season’s remaining inventory. An exciting limited-time-only offer for a ski vacation might alternatively come to mind.
A driving under the influence (DUI) charge can be nerve-wracking enough, but sometimes after a drinking and driving arrest you see two charges: DUI and DUI per se.
One Colorado legislator labels it “a huge stigma … that leads to all kinds of downstream issues related to mental health and educational attainment.”
Sometimes drivers make a mistake and the consequences can be severe. It can sometimes set you up to fail again and lead to further charges.
Legalized recreational marijuana sales began in Colorado on January 1, 2014 after voters passed Amendment 64 in the 2012 election. The amendment outlined a statewide drug policy and supporters believed its passage would allow officers to focus on violent crime prevention. Opponents believed it would lead to increased adolescent marijuana use and addiction.
Colorado Department of Transportation officials can’t say for sure whether their notably aggressive DUI enforcement campaigns are having appreciable effects out on state streets and highways.
Recreational marijuana may be legal under Colorado law, but it does not give residents a free pass on all use. Much like with alcohol consumption, you cannot do whatever you want while under the influence.
It was “an expensive and hurtful fable.”