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Drunk Driving Charges Archives

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.

Can your broken headlight lead to DUI charges?

Whether you are the proud owner of a brand new, high-power turbo sports car, or you are happy driving the same old pre-owned vehicle you got a great deal on at the used car lot, car maintenance is a necessary part of keeping your car on the road. Regularly checking air pressure in tires, transmission fluid and all head, brake and tail lights for proper levels and functioning is a good habit most conscientious car owners have.

Think carefully when you are pulled over for drunk driving

In a recent blog post, we discussed a case of a man who was sent to prison for his ninth DUI conviction. While this is a fairly extreme case of felony DUI, it is a stark reminder that drunk driving is a very serious crime.

Various tools might help prevent drunk driving

Law enforcement officials have various tools in their arsenal to try to prevent drunk driving. Some people push against these tools because they don't think they are effective or feel they place too big of a burden on the people who are subjected to them.

Drunk driving increases during the holidays

Tis the season for holiday parties and family gatherings, and with this increase in festive activities comes an increase in opportunities for driving after drinking. It is easy, and far too common, to assume that it's no big deal to have a few drinks at a holiday party or big family meal and get back on the road. However, the statistics do support that notion. Over the Thanksgiving week of 2016, a concerted effort on the part of Colorado law enforcement lead to the arrest of 518 drivers over only a 10-day period.