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.
Your holiday plans probably don't include spending time in a jail cell, but that is what you might have to endure if you are caught drinking and driving.
The holidays are just around the corner, and that means that it is time to start planning the social events. Many of these social events, including Halloween parties, will include alcohol. If you plan on drinking alcoholic beverage, now is the time that you should start planning how to get home.
A Colorado family on the way to Denver International Airport was recently injured by a suspected drunken driver when he rear-ended their minivan with his truck. The family was bogged down in a traffic jam surrounding several state troopers who were on the scene of another reported drunken driving accident when the accused drunken driver collided with the back of their minivan, pushing the vehicle up under an adjacent semi-truck.
For those who are apprehended for driving in Colorado while they have any alcohol in their bloodstream, the penalties can range from a light slap on the wrist to severe fines and jail time. The law makes provision for courts to levee charges against a driver even in circumstances where the driver's blood alcohol content is below the legal limit of 0.08 percent at the time of the traffic stop. In these cases, an individual may be charged with driving while ability impaired, a charge generally implying a BAC between 0.05 and 0.08 percent.
Facing drunk driving charges can be an intense event in your life. Most defendants are afraid of the possible consequences and with good reason. A conviction is serious and can impose long-lasting difficulties on your entire lifestyle. With these ramifications in mind, it is unsurprising that so many people panic when they are arrested for drunk driving. While understandable, panicking is a terrible response as it can cripple you into inaction. A better response is to begin planning your defense strategy immediately, and an attorney can definitely help.
We all know that in Colorado, adults may possess and consume marijuana under certain conditions. We might not all know the parameters of laws regulating its use, however; most importantly, laws regarding the use of marijuana and driving.