Everyone gets mad and says things they don't mean. In fact, many people who have been in a fit of rage have been known to make comments that seem threatening or indicate a desire to harm another individual. A situation such as this could be linked to something as simple as a person's inability to control their anger to something more serious, such as intoxication.
When Colorado lawmakers made fourth-time DUIs a felony offense last year, many people wondered if this was the answer to reducing the number of drunk driving accidents in the state. Many are hopeful it will, but is stricter legislation really the most effective deterrent for repeat offenders?
As the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaches, many people will take needed breaks from family by grabbing a drink or two with friends the day before. In fact, the day before Thanksgiving has become such a popular time for going out that some have started calling it "Blackout Wednesday," according to Bloomberg.
If you are a repeat DUI offender, you could face felony charges under Colorado's new law. Specifically, if it is your fourth offense, you could be convicted of a Class 4 felony. This can result in up to six years in prison, up to $500,000 in fines and a felony conviction on your criminal record.
"You have the right to remain silent." Anyone who has seen a cop drama knows those words by heart -- and if you have been arrested, you should have been read that statement as a part of your Miranda rights. Colorado criminal defendants have the right to refrain from talking to police officers as they are being taken into custody. They are also afforded the right to an attorney, who can provide them with additional information about their legal options. What do your Miranda rights mean for your criminal defense case? Today, we explore the implications of those rights upon the allegations you may be facing.
A Colorado state senator is facing serious legal allegations after he reportedly falsified timecards and failed to report income appropriately. The man, Sen. Steve King, will mount a criminal defense against three felony counts and two misdemeanor charges in connection with the alleged violations. He is formally accused of embezzlement of public property, theft, forgery and other significant crimes. Sen. King could spend time behind bars for his role in the crimes.
State law has decriminalized marijuana in Colorado, so that means that no one can get in trouble for using it, right? Not so fast; scores of residents in Washington are having to mount a criminal defense because the federal government is targeting them for drug offenses. Washington decriminalized pot around the same time as Colorado did, which is leaving some people fearing that additional raids could soon strike our state.
A new bill that would increase the penalties for multiple-offense DUIs has advanced in the Colorado House. Legislators in the state passed the bill through the Appropriations Committee, which means it is on its way to being considered by the entire body of lawmakers. A representative from Colorado Springs, Mark Waller, is sponsoring the bill. Although he said the move was a positive step forward, he stressed the fact that the repeat offender law is still not close to being improved or implemented.