If you are a Colorado motorist who just happens to have a fixation on acronyms in the criminal law realm (there are stranger preoccupations), this one might interest you: DWAI.
Are you a Colorado resident who -- like legions of others -- is working hard to whittle down your home mortgage?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.