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).
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."
Police followed a car last week and arrested the two people inside, who were later charged with burglary. Authorities say that the arrests were the result of an extensive investigation. This investigation reportedly led the police to arrest the two as they were pulling their car into a neighborhood, which police accuse the two of being the next area they would steal from, although it is unclear why police thought this.
There can be consequences for accepting deals with what is referred to as Denver's sobriety court. What this court was intended to do was provide alternate sentencing to individuals convicted of DUI in the Denver area, and it apparently only makes offers to extreme offenders that are facing long term jail sentences or other severe penalties.
It doesn't matter who you are, if you are charged with a crime, there needs to be enough reliable evidence to convince a jury, beyond a reasonable doubt, that you committed the crime prosecutors are accusing you of. This holds true if you are an ordinary Denver resident or someone in a position of power, like a police officer with the Denver Police Department. Unfortunately for one Denver officer, the prosecutor is trying very hard to sidestep that evidentiary requirement.
The Denver police are planning on targeting drunk biking. The enforcement policy allows for bike riders to be charged for DUI as well as those getting behind the wheel of a car.
It may be tempting for some Denver residents to think that because Colorado is a state which allows the use of medical marijuana, there are laxer laws surrounding marijuana. This is not the case. Medical marijuana is approved only for patients that suffer from an illness which causes them to be afflicted with chronic pain or nausea -- not the population at large.
Charges of driving under the influence can have serious consequences for anyone, but DUI charges can impact professional athletes in a unique way. Not only do these individuals face the same criminal consequences as everyone else, they can also face sanctions by their team and the sports league.
Brittney Brashers, 22, died in a Colorado car crash this past November, at least that is what Denver police were told by Brashers' boyfriend. Robert Walters was with Brashers at the time of the so-called fatal car accident and claimed that it was actually the result of Brashers driving drunk.
It has been only three years since medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado have sprouted up, but there are already big changes in the works for the cannabis-friendly state.