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In a pot-related accident? Felony charges may follow

There is a drug problem in Colorado. This is news that isn't new. Pot was legalized in the state back in 2013, but this has not necessarily been a good thing. According to a recent report, the number of pot-related auto accidents with fatal outcomes is on the rise, and those accused of causing these events may face felony charges as a result. 

The Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area recently issued a report that says fatal accidents that are marijuana-related have more than doubled since the drug's legalization. In the year 2016, 20 percent of traffic deaths in the state were pot-related. That is a pretty significant increase from 2011's 9 percent.

Domestic assault charges can have serious consequences

You got in a fight with your spouse. Things got a little heated and before you knew it, the cops were on your doorstep. The neighbors called in the domestic disturbance. After a brief investigation, you were hauled from your house, booked into jail and now you are facing domestic assault charges. In the state of Colorado such charges can have serious consequences.

Domestic violence is not a matter that is taken lightly, and this is how it should be. No person should fear the people with whom he or she lives. It is unfortunate, though, that some alleged victims claim domestic violence when it is not necessarily true. This can literally ruin the lives of those accused.

Colorado criminal defense: Man facing menacing and other charges

Police in Colorado recently arrested the man that they believe is responsible for exhibiting menacing behavior near Mount Herman. This individual is also be investigated for any possible connection to a number of other crimes committed in Colorado and other states. The accusations against this individual are quite serious and could cost him life as he knows it if he is convicted on any of the crimes he allegedly committed. This is where a defense attorney can help.

On Monday, September 25, police arrested a 32-year-old man in the Woodland Park area. Officers pulled him over due to a broken taillight. However, upon further investigation, the officers learned that this individual is believed to have been involved in several menacing incidents that occurred in August. He and his wife are also said to have outstanding warrants for crimes allegedly committed in other states.

Do you have multiple DUI offenses on your record?

Being charged and convicted for driving under the influence of alcohol can take a pretty significant toll on a person's life. The consequences may include jail time, fines or rehabilitation -- among a number of others. What happens if you have multiple DUI offenses on your record? How does the state of Colorado treat repeat DUI charges and is there anyway to fight them?

In Colorado, driving under the influence is considered a serious offense. It puts your life in danger and it puts the lives of all those with whom you share the road at risk. When it comes to driving while intoxicated, the state does not care if, ultimately, you did not harm anyone; it is that you allegedly took the risk and could have caused a serious, possibly fatal, accident.

Two facing serious charges in Colorado after infant dies

Police in Colorado recently arrested a husband and wife who they say are responsible for the death of their infant son. Both individuals are facing murder and other serious charges. If convicted of these alleged crimes, the consequences may be quite severe.

According to reports, police were called to an apartment in Colorado Springs back in February. There they found a deceased 6-week-old infant. The baby was born premature, but was released from the hospital after approximately 5 days after birth. According to the baby's mother, he failed to thrive after being brought home, became sick and eventually stopped eating. He died February 28.

It's just a speeding ticket, what's the big deal?

It seems that just about everyone drives over the speed limit. Speeding is dangerous, though, and is the cause of numerous car accidents in Colorado and elsewhere every year. Due to the safety issue it poses, if one is caught speeding the penalties can be fairly severe.

Severe penalties for speeding, really? Yes, really. In Colorado, depending on the speed at which law enforcement claims one was traveling, maximum penalties can include jail time. Here is how a few speeding violations are treated by the state:

  • Speeding at one to 24 mph over the limit: Class A infraction, punishable by fines
  • Speeding 25 mph over the limit: Class 2 misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $300 or a jail term up to 90 days -- or both
  • Speeding 25 mph over the limit in a construction zone: Class 2 misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or up to a one year jail term -- or both
  • Driving too fast for road conditions: Class A infraction, punishable by fines

Assault charges are nothing to take lightly in Colorado

In Colorado, violent crimes are not taken lightly by those who are charged to uphold the law. For example, those facing assault charges may spend years behind bars if convicted and be forced to pay significant fines. The penalties and potential defenses available in assault cases will the be topic of this week's column.

In the state of Colorado, an assault charge will fall under one of three categories: first, second and third degree. A first degree assault is considered the most severe. To be charged at this level, one must have purposely meant to cause serious physical harm to another human being. For second degree assault, there must have been intent to cause physical harm. Finally, for third degree assault, one must have caused bodily harm without intent.

Colorado man facing numerous criminal charges

Police in Colorado Springs recently arrested a man following a report of a domestic disturbance. The criminal charges against him include domestic violence, a felony level DUI and various misdemeanors. If the accused is convicted on any of these charges, the penalties could be quite severe.

According to a local news report, just after midnight on Thursday, Aug. 17, law enforcement authorities received a call regarding a domestic violence situation involving a gun, occurring at a local residence. Before police arrived at the home, the accused is said to have left in his SUV. However, he did not make it far before hitting a guardrail with his vehicle.

Driving without a license can be a big deal

Walking out the door without one's wallet is something that most people have done -- it happens. If one is pulled over for a traffic violation and cannot produce his or her valid driver's license, a ticket will likely be issued. It is a whole different ball game if one is purposely driving without a license, is driving with an invalid license or is operating a vehicle on a suspended license. Colorado residents in this position may face penalties that are far more severe than a ticket.

What are the penalties for driving without a license or with a suspended or otherwise invalid license? These are known as willful violations. Every state treats such offenses a bit differently, but generally speaking, one's car may be impounded, driving privileges may be completely revoked, and one may even end up spending time behind bars -- among others consequences.

DUI offenses in Colorado will soon be categorized

After a new law becomes effective this month, every DUI conviction will have a $24 surcharge added. This will contribute to the gathering of information to produce the report on different types of DUI cases that are recorded in Colorado. Authorities say having a breakdown showing the numbers of alcohol, marijuana and other drug-related DUI offenses is important.

House Bill 1315 will allow improved analysis of statistics related to impaired driving on state roads. Up to now, records reflect a lump sum of DUI arrests, but a state legislator wants separate numbers for the different categories. Traveling on I-25, drivers can see a display of the road fatalities caused by impairment so far in 2017, but authorities believe it will have more impact if that information specifies the number of deaths caused by alcohol, marijuana and other drugs.

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