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What are the basics of Colorado drunk driving laws?

DUIs are, unfortunately, rather common. They are a serious concern that may cause many people to have questions about the basic DUI laws in Colorado. In Colorado, laws about driving while under the influence include provisions for both alcohol and drugs. The legal limit, or blood alcohol concentration limit, for driving while under the influence of alcohol is 0.08 percent. In addition, failure to pass a roadside sobriety test can result in an arrest for DUI. Those arrested for DUI are usually taken to a local jail.

Penalties for DUI can be serious and unpleasant. For a first DUI offense, the party's driver's license can be revoked for nine months. In addition, the driver can receive a fine ranging from $600 to $1,000, be ordered to attend alcohol education classes and complete up to 96 hours of required community service. Finally, a DUI offender can face up to a year in jail. Additional DUI offenses can carry increased penalties. After multiple DUI offenses, drivers may be required to install ignition interlock devices on their cars. Penalties can also attach for any attempts to start the car after drinking, as the ignition interlock device detects alcohol on the driver's breath.

Colorado man accused of domestic violence faces criminal charges

Understanding criminal charges, the criminal justice system and the rights of accused parties can be important for any party facing criminal charges. A recent alleged domestic violence incident in a neighboring community northwest of Denver ended in assault charges for a 30-year-old man. According to authorities, the victim suffered serious bodily injury and was strangled. She was taken to a hospital in the area. Following the alleged incident, the man was charged with first-degree assault, which is a class three felony.

Domestic violence charges, in some circumstances, can lead to significant consequences and penalties for the accused party. The negative impact of domestic violence charges can extend to a damaged reputation. Jail time is a possible penalty following a domestic violence conviction and domestic violence classes are a possible consequence as well. The ability to obtain housing or educational opportunities, as well as the ability to own a firearm may also all be adversely impacted by domestic violence charges or a conviction for domestic violence.

Colorado man facing weapons charges after discharging weapon

Criminal charges should never be taken lightly and all available options for criminal defense should be considered when facing criminal accusations. According to police in a neighboring Colorado community northwest of Denver, a man recently shot a gun through his neighbor's window. The neighbor was nearly hit as he was passing by the window at the time. The 24-year old man who is accused of firing the weapon allegedly did so while under the influence of a controlled substance.

A warrant was obtained by police and the home was searched where several firearms were allegedly found. The 24-year old man was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm as a previous offender, illegal discharge of a firearm, prohibited use of weapons and another charge. Weapons discharge and weapons possession charges can be serious and present serious consequences for the party facing weapons charges.

Domestic violence by definition and by the numbers

Domestic violence can include several different kinds of abuse. Domestic violence can be a serious concern for victims and those accused of domestic violence crimes. Statistics reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, reveal that one in four women and one in seven men have experienced serious physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner. According to estimates from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, more than 1 million women in the United States fall victim to physical assault at the hands of an intimate partner each year.

It is estimated that 10 percent of women are stalked by a partner at some point during their lifetime. In addition, almost half of all men and women report that their partners show psychological aggression at some point during their lifetime. Domestic violence can, of course, have a devastating impact on families. In 2006, there were 14,123 criminal cases for domestic violence in Colorado. This number represents many families and many individuals accused of domestic violence.

What is a felony charge and why is it serious?

Through both legal and everyday conversations, most individuals are aware that felony charges are serious charges. Some people might wonder what makes felonies so serious and how felony charges might be distinguished from other types of criminal charges. In general, felonies, unlike misdemeanors, are crimes that can be punished by more than one year in prison. Misdemeanors, on the other hand, are punishable by less than one year in jail.

Felonies are defined by the place of incarceration, as well as the length of incarceration; felony sentences are typically served in state prisons, whereas misdemeanor sentences are served in a local jail. Additional penalties, such as fines, also are possible following a felony conviction.

Colorado authorities seeking man wanted for domestic violence

It can be important to know how to respond to domestic violence allegations because of the serious consequences that can result from domestic violence charges. In a Colorado community northwest of Denver, police are searching for a man accused of domestic violence. Authorities are looking for the 37-year old man wanted for domestic assault charges. The man is facing charges including second-degree assault against an at-risk adult, as well as third-degree assault against an at-risk individual. Police responded to the alleged domestic violence incident and an investigation lead to the allegations against the 37-year old man.

Domestic violence is serious for all parties involved in an alleged domestic violence incident. For the party facing accusations of domestic violence, it can mean a damaged reputation, a criminal record and a variety of penalties and unpleasant consequences. An arrest for domestic violence charges can create a potentially damaging criminal record and a domestic violence conviction can lead to a loss of freedom and other liberties such as the right to own a firearm.

Colorado man faces weapons charge after alleged weapons discharge

For anyone facing weapons charges, or other criminal charges, it is important to understand criminal defense rights and how to exercise those rights. A man is facing weapons, and other, charges after he allegedly discharged a weapon during a road rage incident in a neighboring community northwest of Denver. According to police, the 23-year old man refused to allow another vehicle into a parking lot as he was exiting it. An argument followed and the man allegedly fired a weapon over the other vehicle. Following the incident, police found the vehicle the man was driving unoccupied at an apartment complex. Police observed a man entering the vehicle and driving away.

Police then pulled the man over and he was allegedly under the influence of alcohol. The man has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and prohibited use of a weapon, among other charges. Both weapons charges and DUI charges require a serious defense strategy and zealous criminal defense because both can have a significant impact on the daily life of the accused party.

Police arrest man in Colorado for domestic violence warrants

A strong criminal defense strategy may avoid the damaging and serious consequences of a domestic violence conviction. A man accused of domestic violence was recently arrested in a neighboring community northwest of Denver. The man was arrested near a popular retailer in the nearby area. According to authorities, they were called to the location because a man accused of felony domestic violence was there. According to police, the 21-year old suspect attempted to run from them when he saw police. The man was apprehended and arrested on felony and misdemeanor domestic violence warrants which were out for his arrest.

Domestic violence can impact the lives and many parties involved in a domestic violence incident. A party accused of domestic violence can face consequences stemming from domestic violence charges for some time to come following the incident. Because of this, it is important for a party facing allegations of domestic violence and domestic violence charges to understand the different criminal defense options that may be available.

296 arrested for DUI over July 4 weekend in Colorado

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, 296 people were arrested for DUI statewide over the Fourth of July weekend. Denver police made 48 DUI-related arrests, Aurora police arrested 35, Colorado Springs police arrested 22 and the Colorado State Patrol arrested 30. The arrests and subsequent charges were part of Colorado's "The Heat is On" campaign, a statewide program that focuses on increased enforcement during 12 time periods each year, including national holidays and large public events.

DUI charges can lead to serious penalties including incarceration, fines, community service and license revocation. If the individual has multiple prior DUI convictions, or caused an accident resulting in death or serious injury, they can be charged with a felony and may face decades in prison if convicted.

Colorado man facing drug charges for alleged meth in Walmart

Drug charges should always be taken seriously because so much can be threatened by them. A man was recently arrested northwest of Denver, in a neighboring community, for allegedly having a large quantity of methamphetamine on him, as well as a loaded firearm. According to police, the 26-year old man was approached by an officer in a Walmart as he was attempting to shoplift merchandise from the store. The man was allegedly uncooperative and told police he had a handgun. The man was arrested on a special offense drug charge and several other felony charges.

While drug laws have undergone some recent changes, some drug laws have remained unchanged. In any event, drug charges remain a serious issue for anyone faced with them. Both the freedom and future of the accused person may be threatened when drug charges are involved. Drug charges can lead to prison time, fines and a damaged reputation. Depending on the amount of drugs the accused party is alleged to have, drug charges, and possible consequences, can increase.

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