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Common penalties in a DUI case

Many of our readers in Colorado may know that there are some significant penalties associated with being convicted on a drunk driving charge, not the least of which is a driver's license suspension. Having your driver's license suspended can be crippling, leaving you dependent upon others for rides to work or the grocery store, for example, and in general not allowing the freedom of movement you had before. However, beyond a driver's license suspension, there are some other common penalties associated with a conviction for DUI that can change the way you live your life.

The penalties associated with a DUI conviction can vary, depending on the nature of each individual case. For example, a person who has multiple DUI convictions on their criminal record will likely receive a much harsher sentence than a first-time DUI offender. In fact, a person convicted of multiple DUI cases over the course of time may eventually be sentenced to serve time in prison.

Domestic violence statistics lead to harsh enforcement of laws

There is no doubt that domestic violence is a serious issue in America, and Colorado is not exempt from this concern. There are prevalent statistics that show that domestic violence can occur in many different family situations, across the entire spectrum of socioeconomical status. However, the spotlight that is on domestic violence, especially in recent years, may be leading to overly harsh application of laws that can lead to arrests and convictions, perhaps undeserved.

For example, statistics show that, on average, each minute that goes by there are approximately 20 people in America who have suffered from physical domestic violence at the hands of an "intimate partner." Of course, it is important to point out that domestic violence can affect both male and female victims.

Defending against assault charges in Colorado

Most people in Colorado have found themselves in tense situations with other people before, but not every instance of tension between individuals leads to a physical altercation. But, unfortunately, sometimes physical altercations do occur. The circumstances of the incident may matter more to the people involved than it does to any law enforcement officials or prosecutors who get involved in the case. Either way, someone may end up facing an assault charge due to these situations.

Many of our readers probably think that there are differences between "minor" criminal charges and "major" charges. But, any criminal charge on a person's record could become a major problem. An assault charge is typically viewed as a "violent" crime. Such a perception could influence potential future employers, school applications and even housing decisions.

St. Patrick's Day DUI enforcement nets nearly 300 arrests

Many people in Colorado and throughout the country celebrated the St. Patrick's Day holiday in March. For some, this means celebrating their Irish heritage. For others, it is an opportunity to celebrate at parties with friends and family members, perhaps drinking a green beer or two. Of course, law enforcement officials know the tendency of some people to drink alcohol on this particular holiday, which is why it is not uncommon to see increased DUI patrols around this time of the year.

In fact, a recent report detailed how DUI enforcement throughout Colorado around the time of the recent St. Patrick's Day holiday netted nearly 300 arrests over a four-day period. The increased law enforcement patrols are part of a springtime campaign known as "The Heat Is On." Fortunately, the 293 arrests of allegedly impaired drivers were actually a decrease from 2018, when 323 people were arrested around the same time of the year.

Choosing the right DUI defense strategy is critical

Every Colorado DUI case is different, and each DUI defense strategy should be different as well. If you are facing these types of criminal charges, it is critical to choose the right approach for your defense. Your future and freedom are at stake, and it's worth the effort to custom-tailor a plan to suit your goals and the unique details of your case.

How can you know which is the right defense strategy for you? Starting with a complete and thorough assessment of your case, you will need to look at everything from the circumstances of your traffic stop to how law enforcement administered various types of sobriety tests. This is a critical step in understanding how to effectively confront the charges against you, protect your rights and shield your future interests.

An arrest is not the same as a conviction in a DUI case

There are many people in America, aided by media coverage and perception, who seem to have forgotten the age-old axiom that any person who is arrested in our country is "innocent until proven guilty." Unfortunately, forgetting this presumption can have grave legal consequences for arrestees in Colorado and throughout the country.

Drunk driving arrests are some of the most common legal run-ins for Americans who face criminal charges. Each year thousands of Colorado residents will be arrested for and charged with driving under the influence. But, just like all other types of arrests, an arrest for DUI is not the same as a conviction.

The wide-ranging consequences of a domestic violence conviction

American society seems to have lost sight of the concept of "innocent until proven guilty" when it comes to criminal charges. Widespread media coverage of the initial facts and allegations in a criminal case are rarely supplemented with additional facts as the case develops. The "sensationalism" aspect of criminal case media coverage certainly is not in favor of a Colorado resident who is charged with a crime.

However, there is perhaps no charge like a domestic violence charge that comes with such loaded character assassination allegations, leading to wide-ranging consequences for a person charged with such a crime, even if the case is later dismissed or leads to a guilty plea on other charges. Our readers know from previous posts here that domestic violence charges come with a social stigma that is hard to escape.

What are the basics about assault laws in Colorado?

Not every confrontation between two individuals in Colorado turns physical. But, when such a situation does occur, one or more individuals could be facing assault charges. Anyone who is facing such a charge would likely benefit from knowing more information about assault laws in Colorado.

So, what are the basics about assault laws in Colorado? Well, for starters, there are varying degrees of assault, based on the facts of the case. The more a person is proved to have intended to harm another individual, as well as the more severe the injuries are, the higher the level of charge an individual is likely to face.

Colorado college students: Reasons for drinking, and consequences

Many Colorado college students have begun their second semesters and are continuing to work toward their ultimate goals for earning degrees in their chosen fields of study. If you're one of them, you may already be longing for spring break, which isn't too far off. Perhaps you have plans to hit the beach or to go home and enjoy some recreation time with family and friends. On or off-campus, as a college student, you're always at risk for health or legal problems associated with alcohol consumption.

It's no secret that spring break is a party season. Even when classes are in session, your friends might invite you out for some drinks or you might frequent local nightclubs or pubs in your free time. There are many reasons people your age cite for why they drink; perhaps you relate to one or more mentioned in this post. No matter what your personal reasons are, if college drinking lands you in a heap of legal trouble, you'll want to know where to seek support.

Change in definition of domestic violence could have consequences

Colorado residents know that being charged with a domestic violence crime comes with all sorts of negative consequences. For starters, just being arrested for this type of criminal charge can come with an immediate social stigma. Friends and family members may view the individual differently, or the charge may impact a custody arrangement related to children. Then, if a conviction does come from the case, the defendant will likely face jail time, fines, probation and probably an order to attend counseling or anger control classes.

However, a recent report noted that the federal government has changed its definition of what exactly qualifies as "domestic violence." The report noted that the U.S. Department of Justice now considers "domestic violence" to be only those acts which involve physical harm, and which lead to misdemeanor or felony charges. Backlash to the changes includes outrage that such actions as coercive control of a victim, or psychological abuse, seemingly do not fit within the newly amended definition.

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