Whether it is green beer or some other libation, many people in Colorado and elsewhere enjoy celebrating St. Patrick's Day with alcohol. While this is certainly within their right if they are of legal age, getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking can, of course, lead to serious consequences for the drivers as well as others on the road. The good news is that a recent report claims the number of DUI arrests over the St. Patrick's Day weekend declined from the same time the previous year.
Though many drivers face criminal charges for drunk driving, these criminal cases are no walk in the park. If a person is accused of DUI, he or she likely faces a long road ahead that could potentially end in serious consequences. However, negative outcomes are not a guarantee, and working on a criminal defense is wise.
The severity of criminal cases vary depending on the circumstances. If a person is charged with DUI, he or she may think that the case will be relatively simple to address. However, drunk driving cases can be complex, and if the charges resulted from an accident that caused the death of another person, it is almost certain that the accused party will have a lot to deal with.
In Colorado, DUI penalties are enhanced when the operator has also caused an accident as a result of driving under the influence. Where the accident causes a serious injury, the prosecutor will likely charge the accused with felony assault charges, i.e., the offense of vehicular assault. The penalty for vehicular assault associated with DUI is up to four years incarceration and a fine up to $500,000, along with a license suspension and other consequences.
The prosecution of DUI charges in Colorado continues to stoke disagreement regarding marijuana and controlled substance enforcement policies. One legislator recently introduced a controversial bill that would allow police to arrest drivers based on a "presumption" of driving under the influence of marijuana or controlled drugs. Currently, the DUI limit for THC in the operator's blood is 5 nanograms.
Colorado has struggled to regulate and prosecute drivers operating motor vehicles under the influence of marijuana well before it became legal in 2014. Since legalization, standardization of what constitutes a DUI involving marijuana has been heavily debated. One lawmaker is proposing a change to the current law with a recent bill introduced to the Colorado legislature.
On Dec. 30, 2018, another state began enforcing the strictest driving under the influence law ever seen in the country. While most states, including Colorado, will not arrest an adult driver for DUI unless the driver has a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent, a neighboring state will now charge people with DUI if they have a BAC of .05 percent. That is a significant change, one that every state is waiting to see if it proves an effective move at reducing drunk driving rates.
There is likely no one more aware of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol than a law enforcement officer. Officers observe the consequences of someone driving under the influence and the impact it can have on innocent victims. Sadly, serious crashes, injuries and deaths can occur as a result of someone operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, a law enforcement officer in Colorado has been recently arrested for a DUI, and he has likely sought the advice of a skilled criminal defense attorney.
From the moment you begin interacting with law enforcement during a traffic stop, they will do everything in their power to gather evidence against you. Understanding how dangerous certain interactions with law enforcement can be may lead you to try to assert your rights during an encounter.
The holiday season has arrived in Colorado and with it the festive party season. There is a significant increase in the number of parties and other social engagements in the month of December, and this can mean an increase in the number of people who are driving under the influence. This can increase the likelihood of a serious or even fatal accident.