You probably know that the best way to avoid arrest for drunk driving is to avoid getting behind the wheel after you have been drinking. However, things happen. It may not have been your plan to drive, or perhaps you didn't intend to have as much to drink. Now you are facing charges that threaten to derail life as you know it.
Since the legalization of recreational marijuana use Colorado, law enforcement officials have cracked down on people allegedly driving under the influence of the drug. Unfortunately, crackdowns involve testing for THC in the blood.
A DUI (Driving Under the Influence) or DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired) charge in Colorado can be considered a misdemeanor or felony depending on the situation. However, the good news is that there are many circumstances that must be taken into consideration for a conviction. The following are common questions and answers regarding Colorado's DUI laws:
The Denver Post reports that law enforcement agencies across Colorado are planning to crack down on drunk drivers this St. Patrick's Day. The crackdown is part of their "The Heat Is On" enforcement campaign, which uses state and federal funding to pay officers for overtime DUI enforcement. Statewide, 87 agencies will participate.
In situations where a person is accused of drunk driving, there are often additional charges made depending on the incidents surrounding the arrest. One 40-year-old man from Colorado Springs was arrested on April 20 on suspicion of impersonating a police officer, driving under the influence and obstructing a peace officer. According to reports, police responded to a call around 10:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of E. Bijou Street. The caller claimed that someone was in the neighborhood identifying himself as an officer.
There is no doubt that driving under the influence is dangerous, sometimes deadly. Early reports following a fatal accident near Fort Collins on Friday indicate that authorities believe the crash was the result of drunk driving.
The Supreme Court of the United States is going to clarify a hugely important issue in many criminal cases in Colorado and all across the U.S. Is an anonymous tip reasonable cause to pull a person over for investigation? Clearly, this question is valuable in DWI cases but also to other types of cases as well.
Drivers expect that Colorado police will be on the lookout for signs of drunk driving. They expect to see advertisements and notifications on TV or billboards about DWI laws. But now there is a new source of the drunk driving reminder.