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2019

How a simple traffic stop could turn into criminal allegations

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 30, 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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Colorado sees increase in overdose deaths

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 30, 2019
With drug addiction comes the possibility of overdose. Looking at the numbers, there are many people in Colorado who are struggling – either themselves or by watching a loved one – and many more are losing the battle. The Colorado Health Institute released preliminary numbers, showing an increase in the number of people who...
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Which factors are most responsible for car wrecks?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 30, 2019
A recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has identified what factors create the most danger in traffic crashes, and which are most protective. Interestingly, although the largest share of federal traffic safety dollars is spent on speed enforcement, only about 7 percent of all accidents are attributable to excessive speed. The...
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Summer break: It’s almost here

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 29, 2019
Summer break is right around the corner. When that happens, students may naturally feel like letting off some steam, but before you go out or decide to throw a party, you should keep in mind the consequences of going too far. This is a sensitive time, and when you have your freedom from class...
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Too high to drive? Legal THC driving limit in Colorado.

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 29, 2019
While the recreational use of marijuana is legal in Colorado, there are still legal ramifications for driving while high. However, many have concerns regarding the impaired driving laws in the state and question the fairness of these laws. In Colorado, driving under the influence of of 5 or more nanograms of delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol, which...
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151 people exonerated in 2018 after losing 1,639 years of freedom

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 25, 2019
Our criminal justice system is meant to protect defendants’ rights. Many of our constitutional amendments were specifically written to guarantee certain rights for criminal defendants, including the right to due process of law, to have competent counsel, to be free from unreasonable search and seizure, to confront the evidence and witnesses against you and...
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Analysis: Red light cameras causing accidents, not preventing them

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 24, 2019
We have all seen them: the cameras that sit on top or near the traffic lights. To date, there are at least six in the City of Boulder. For example, there’s one at the intersections of 28th Street and Arapahoe Avenue, yet another one at 47th Street and Valmont Road. But just why are...
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Understanding mandatory protection orders in Colorado

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 23, 2019
People need to be safe and feel safe. If there is a real threat of violence – or an act of violence has already occurred – it is important to make sure this does not happen again. To try to ensure this, Colorado has very strict laws regarding domestic violence and protection orders. This...
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Supreme Court: Cops need warrants to search vehicles in driveways

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 22, 2019
The Fourth Amendment guarantees freedom from “unreasonable” searches and seizures by government agents like police officers. That has generally meant that the police are required to obtain warrants before they arrest someone or search their property — unless the police can point to a recognized exception to the warrant requirement. These exceptions include emergencies,...
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Driving while high: ‘If you feel different, you drive different’

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 19, 2019
Since marijuana was legalized in Colorado, we’ve learned a lot about driving while high. A surprising number of people seem to be unaware that driving under the influence of marijuana can get you charged with DUI. Some people don’t even think that driving while high is dangerous. It is dangerous, and it is illegal....
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