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2019

How do police determine if someone is high while driving?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 17, 2019
Picture this: You’re driving home from a friend’s house. You are just blocks away from home when you see the flashing red lights in your rearview. You aren’t speeding. You’ve been using your turn signals. Even your tags are up-to-date. So just what is going on? The officer claims you swerved. Now he has...
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Lawsuits: Defective highway guardrails caused horrific injuries

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 16, 2019
Two recent personal injury lawsuits accuse a national manufacturer of interstate guardrails of negligence. Two accidents occurred in which the guardrails failed to “telescope” into one another as designed. Instead, the pieces separated and speared into the crashed vehicles, killing one woman and causing another to suffer a leg amputation. The Lindsay X-LITE guardrail...
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Unsafe road conditions? Take precautions

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 15, 2019
While it’s true people in Colorado understand snow driving better than anyone in the rest of the country, that doesn’t mean it would hurt to brush up on exactly what you should do when the snow gets bad. And even though it’s now spring time, it certainly doesn’t hurt to keep the following pieces...
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Does the Eighth Amendment prohibit excessive asset seizures?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 15, 2019
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case in which a defendant’s SUV was seized by the state after he was convicted of a drug crime. Many states and the federal government engage in asset seizures after drug and other arrests, often before a conviction has been obtained. All the government has...
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Divorcing when you have a child with special needs

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 12, 2019
When it comes to divorce, there is one major consideration that is different for parents of special needs children. Your child may not transition to normal adulthood at age 18. You may be co-parenting with your divorcing spouse for a long time to come. Moreover, certain financial choices you make during your divorce could...
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What exactly counts as an excessive fine under the constitution?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 12, 2019
“I want my truck back. I’ve always wanted it back.” When an Indiana man was caught selling a small amount of heroin, he accepted that he would be charged with a crime. He accepted it when he was convicted and sentenced to a period of house arrest and then probation. What he could not...
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File sealing: Giving people second chances

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 10, 2019
“No one should underestimate how much even the most minor of misdemeanor convictions — including marijuana or trespassing or any kind of conviction — can affect someone’s ability to get a job, to get housing and to function fully in society.” This is a direct quote from Jenny Roberts, an American University law professor....
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Being there for your imprisoned loved one

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 9, 2019
The imprisonment of a loved one can send your life into total disarray. On top of your own responsibilities, you may have taken on their responsibilities, too. While they are away, someone must collect their mail, contact their creditors, pay their bills, etc.  In addition to handling their affairs outside of prison, you also...
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Supreme Court: Warrant required to access cellphone location data

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 8, 2019
“When the government tracks the location of a cell phone,” writes Chief Justice John Roberts, “it achieves near perfect surveillance, as if it had attached an ankle monitor to the phone’s user.” The observation comes in Carpenter v. U.S., a case the U.S. Supreme Court recently decided on a 5-4 vote. The decision acknowledges...
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Driving IS as dangerous as you think

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP April 8, 2019
We’ve all been there. You’re driving down the road and you see the car in front of you swerving in and out of their lane. Are they drunk? Looking down at a phone? Trying to grab something out of the back seat? Whatever it is – the immediate thought of, “I need to get...
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