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2019

What is causing pedestrian fatalities to reach a 25-year high?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP March 13, 2019
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), nearly 6,000 pedestrians died in traffic accidents last year. It was the second year in a row with a death toll that high. Even more tragically, that represents a 25-year high, with pedestrian fatalities growing by 27 percent between 2007 and 2016. What factors contribute to...
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How a simple traffic stop could turn into criminal allegations

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP March 12, 2019
Whether police pull over a driver for a broken tail light or running through a stop sign, sometimes the encounter does not end with the original problem. In some cases, a seemingly minor traffic stop may instead end in the driver’s arrest. For the situation to involve an arrest, police first need a reason...
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Too tired to drive? Drowsy drivers cause accidents

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP March 11, 2019
You hear a lot about drunk driving, but did you know that drowsy driving can be just as dangerous? In fact, the erratic driving behaviors between a drunk driver and an overly tired driver often look very similar. The problem is that being overly tired is a rather common occurrence for American drivers. People...
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Same-Sex Divorce: Know These 3 Things

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP March 11, 2019
You’ve been with your partner for years. You own a home together. Your names are both on the credit cards and family bills. Even before 2014, when you could legally get married in Colorado, you were planning on spending the rest of your lives together. But now, things have changed. The relationship just isn’t...
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Decisions by prosecutors affect every aspect of a criminal case

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP March 11, 2019
The prosecutor may be the most powerful figure in the criminal justice system. They have power over everything from what charges will be filed to what the sentence will be after a conviction. They have influence over whether defendants get bail or have to remain locked up until they can be tried — or...
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2 justices dissent in DUI appeal citing Sixth Amendment violation

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP March 8, 2019
An interesting question came before the U.S. Supreme Court recently. In Stuart v. Alabama, a woman was charged with DUI and criminally negligent homicide for rear-ending another driver’s car, causing it to strike a tree and kill the driver. Prosecutors submitted a lab report to prove the woman was under the influence of alcohol,...
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Posting bail: The problems with the cash bail system

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP March 7, 2019
After an arrest, criminal defendants in the vast majority of cases have a right to bail. Bail affords you the opportunity to pay money to get out of jail while you await trial. If you show up for court and comply with all of the other conditions of your bond, the money you posted...
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Can police draw blood from an unconscious person without a warrant?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP March 4, 2019
Colorado’s express consent law provides that drivers, by virtue of driving on state roadways, have already consented to take a breath or blood test when an officer has probable cause to believe the person is impaired by alcohol or drugs. Refusal to take the test results in a revocation of the driver’s license. Moreover,...
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