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Fight at bar in Colorado leads to one arrest

The typical "barroom brawl" has been depicted in countless movies and television shows. But, despite the seemingly fictional nature of these types of scenes, the reality is that often, the combination of alcohol and short-tempers does, in fact, lead to fights in bars. That is true in our state and throughout the country.

According to a recent report, one such incident allegedly occurred in a bar in Colorado Springs called, "O'Furry's." The report indicates that in the alleged "brawl," a number of people suffered injuries, although it does not appear that any of the injuries were serious. When police officers were dispatched to the scene, an arrest was probably inevitable, and one person was indeed reportedly arrested.

What should one know about field sobriety tests?

DUI arrests are common in Colorado as they are in most states throughout the country. We all know the danger that drunk driving presents, but it still occurs. During the course of a traffic stop in which a police officer is investigating the possibility of drunk driving, field sobriety tests are likely to occur.

So, what should our readers know about fields sobriety tests? Well, for starters, it is important to understand that these tests, even if a person fails them, are not absolutely certain to be a reliable way to determine a person's level of sobriety or intoxication. Police officers use these tests in a cumulative fashion, considering the results of the tests among other factors when making a determination about whether to arrest a suspect on DUI charges.

Did police have a valid reason to pull you over?

Here in Colorado, people charged with drunk driving face serious penalties and repercussions, some of which can impact a person for the rest of his or her life. It is prudent to confront these charges with a strong defense, starting with carefully evaluating the initial suspected drunk driving traffic stop. Without a valid reason, called reasonable suspicion, police cannot pull a driver over. 

Upon evaluation of your case, it may be evident that the grounds for your initial traffic stop and DUI charges are unfounded. This could undermine the entire case against you. If you think there are issues with the prosecution's case or you want to build a strong defense against DUI charges, you would be wise to take quick action as soon as possible.

Defending oneself against criminal harassment charges

Some Colorado residents may be familiar with, "criminal harassment" charges, but, since this is a somewhat different charge than what some others might see in different states, it can require a bit of explanation. In essence, a criminal harassment charge can come up if a person harasses, annoys or alarms another person. Put simply, such a charge could encompass a wide-range of behavior or conduct.

This charge can commonly be at issue in domestic disputes of varying types, but particularly those between a husband and wife. However, these are not the only relationships in which a criminal harassment charge might arise. Disputes between boyfriends and girlfriends, and even just friends, can lead to a criminal harassment charge, especially if there is any type of physical touching, such as pushing or shoving. However, other conduct may be part of the charge as well, such as obscene gestures, insulting language or even conduct that might be commonly associated with stalking, such as driving by a person's home frequently and calling them on the phone non-stop.

Suspect arrested in alleged assault on Uber driver

A previous post here mentioned the potential consequences of an assault conviction for Colorado residents. Make no mistake - an assault charge can be difficult to overcome. There are oftentimes eyewitnesses to the incident, as well as potential injuries that can be photographed by law enforcement officials and later shown to a jury to incite their views on the effect of the assault.

According to a recent report, a 22-year-old man may be facing these difficulties in the aftermath of his arrest for assault on September 12. The alleged incident occurred a day earlier, on September 11, in the early morning hours. The reports indicate that the alleged victim, a 63-year-old female, is an Uber driver who was transporting the suspect at the time of the alleged assault. According to the details of the report, the victim suffered bite injuries and was struck several times, and there are even allegations that the suspect attempted to sexually assault the victim as well.

What should you know about domestic violence law in Colorado?

Over the past few decades there has been a rising awareness about domestic violence as an issue that is present in households throughout the country. As a result of this issue, many states have enacted specific laws about domestic violence, which can lead to significant consequences for a person who is convicted of such a charge. So, what do our readers need to know about domestic violence law in Colorado?

Well, for starters, it is important to know that there is a specific definition of "domestic violence" in Colorado law. Essentially, domestic violence is an act or threatened act of violence by one person against another person with whom an "intimate relationship" does or has, at some point in time, existed. This could be a spouse or ex-spouse, or even a person with whom the alleged defendant cohabitated with. The act or threat of an act must also be taken to control, intimidate or punish the alleged victim, among other possibilities.

DUI risks: Are you part of the college drinking scene?

Whether this is the start of your freshman year at a Colorado college or you are months away from walking the stage to receive your diploma, it's always a good idea to review your current circumstances to see if you're on track to achieve the goals you've set for yourself. College life can be a lot of fun, but also poses many risks for personal health and legal problems as well.

Such problems often arise in conjunction with binge drinking. Off the top of your head, you can probably list at least two or three possible negative consequences of this college-life activity. You might say that binge drinking causes whopping hangovers, makes it difficult to study and complete your work on time or drains your pocketbook because alcohol can be expensive. Don't forget possible drunk driving charges if you get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. 

Defending against DUI charges in Colorado

Drunk driving charges are some of the most common criminal charges that Americans face. Each year, thousands of Colorado residents are arrested on drunk driving charges. While being arrested on DUI charges can be challenging in terms of emotions and a potential license suspension, our readers know that an arrest is not a conviction. The burden is on the prosecution to present evidence that convinces a jury beyond a reasonable doubt of a defendant's guilt. This is why any Colorado resident who has been arrested on DUI charges needs to consider the potential defense options.

What to expect when you’re not expecting your child to get a DUI

Ever thought about what your worst nightmare as a parent would be? How about getting a call that your child is facing criminal charges for drunk driving? There is no playbook for handling this situation, but parents should know what they can expect for their child.

Not only will the student face criminal charges, but the effects will go beyond the courtroom. With a DUI on your student’s record, their life can change academically, socially and in terms of employment.

Protect yourself against an assault conviction

There are many types of crimes in Colorado and throughout the country that are labeled as "violent" crimes. Assault is one of them. Being charged with a violent crime is a serious matter, as any subsequent conviction that results from the charges can lead to a term of imprisonment, a lengthy probation term and even costly fines and court costs.

However, the reality of many assault cases is that they are based on shoddy eyewitness testimony and, in most cases, differing views as to how the physical altercation began. In some instances, both the alleged "victim" and "suspect" will tell the law enforcement officers who are investigating the case that the other is the one who threw the first punch - making it a case of self-defense for the other person. In such a situation - which may be occurring late at night at a public location - the police officers on the scene will likely just be focused on getting the situation under control. That might mean arresting everyone involved and then figuring out who to charge later.

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