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When is a DUI a felony in Colorado?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP December 3, 2018
If you are facing a DUI investigation or charge, you may feel that you already know the basics of what’s at stake: in Colorado, DUIs are often misdemeanors, meaning a conviction may mean you must pay a fine, lose your license for a time, and complete court-ordered probation. However, if a DUI is prosecuted...
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Can you be arrested for an alcohol related driving offense in your own driveway?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP November 26, 2018
Yes, it’s possible. Under Colorado law, DUI can be established by showing that an intoxicated person was in actual physical control of a motor vehicle, even if the car wasn’t in drive or moving. Whether you could be convicted depends on the particular circumstances of your case. Consider the situation in one of Colorado’s...
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‘Pot breathalyzer’ to be tested in several states this fall

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP August 10, 2018
If you live in Colorado, you’ve probably heard that driving while impaired by marijuana is illegal. Unfortunately, with an increasing number of states legalizing marijuana for either recreational or medical purposes, the incidence of drugged driving appears to be on the rise. Before legalization, states defined marijuana-impaired driving as driving with any measurable amount...
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Colorado law enforcement ramps up DUI patrols for summer

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP July 3, 2018
It’s the summer time. A time to relax and enjoy a good barbeque and a few drinks with some friends. However, before you hit the road, keep in mind that Colorado law enforcement is out in full swing during the summer months, looking for drunk drivers. Agencies throughout the state participate in something called...
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Colorado Springs police, media assume driver in crash was DUI

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP July 3, 2018
Car accidents happen for any number of reasons. When they are particularly spectacular, it can be easy to assume that intoxication was the cause, perhaps because many shocking DUI accidents have been reported on the news. The mere fact of an accident, however, does not imply the driver was drunk. It’s important to remember...
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The number of drivers with cannabis, opioids in system is rising

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP June 29, 2018
A recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association indicates that we are seeing a lot more drugged driving. That may not come as a surprise, as the use of both cannabis and opioids has been on the rise. What should law enforcement and policy groups do? The researchers used data from the National...
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Can I refuse a breath or blood test in Colorado?

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP May 31, 2018
Question: If a police officer pulls me over and suspects that I am driving while impaired or intoxicated by alcohol, marijuana, or another drug, can I just refuse to take a breath or blood test? What happens if I refuse?  Answer: You can refuse to take a chemical test. Pursuant to Colorado’s Express Consent...
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Review: Alcotest 9510 source code flawed, challenged in courts

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP May 21, 2018
The Alcotest 9510, a breath testing machine used by numerous police agencies, has been challenged in court in several states. Now, a report from two software engineering consultants who reviewed its source code has been distributed. That report is no longer available for intellectual property reasons, but the consultants expressed serious concerns about the...
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Colorado Springs police, media assume driver in crash was DUI

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP January 23, 2018
Car accidents happen for any number of reasons. When they are particularly spectacular, it can be easy to assume that intoxication was the cause, perhaps because many shocking DUI accidents have been reported on the news. The mere fact of an accident, however, does not imply the driver was drunk. It’s important to remember...
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3 things to know about underage drinking and driving in Colorado

On behalf of Dolan + Zimmerman LLP December 27, 2017
In Colorado, the legal driving limit for Driving Under the Influence is 0.08. This means that if your blood alcohol content is .08 percent or higher — and you are pulled over by police — you will most likely end up being arrested and ticketed for driving under the influence. If you are stopped...
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