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What is a Persistent Drunk Driver in Colorado?

March 25, 2019

Under Colorado law, any driver who is convicted or revoked for more than one alcohol-related driving offense, or who refuses a test, or who submits to a chemical test with a result ≥ 0.15 will be classified as a persistent drunk driver (PDD). C.R.S. 42-1-102(68.5) (a) “Persistent drunk driver” means any person who: (I) Has been convicted of or had his […]

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The Heat was On: Statistics of Colorado DUI Incidents in 2016-2017

January 23, 2018

Despite tougher laws being passed to deter people from driving while impaired or under the influence, over 10,000 Colorado drivers were arrested in 2017 during 14 periods of designated enforcement designed to catch and arrest drunk drivers. This staggering number comes just six months following a major law change in August that now requires jail time for all felony DUI […]

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What You Need to Know About Ignition Interlock Devices

December 26, 2017

So, you have been convicted for driving under the influence of alcohol in Colorado. Now what? Depending on the circumstances of your case, you will likely lose your driving privileges for a period of time. Individuals who qualify may be eligible to have their driver’s license reinstated early if they participate in an ignition interlock program. These programs are designed […]

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New Interactive Map Shows Colorado Counties with Most DUI Arrests

October 24, 2017

The data shows that Pueblo County, which makes up the 10th Judicial District, currently has the fewest DUI-related court filings per capita for 2017 DENVER, COLORADO—It’s an alarming number. So far this year, 372 DUI-related crashes have resulted in serious injuries or fatalities, according to Colorado State Patrol. With two more months still left in 2017, this number is a […]

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The Myth of “Smart” Breathalyzers: Flaws of CDOT’s Breathalyzer App

September 22, 2017

We’ve come to rely on apps to manage virtually every aspect of our lives. Budgeting apps keep us from overspending. Fitness apps keep us on target. Social media apps keep tabs on our friends. But will a breathalyzer app keep us from getting behind the wheel when we’re too impaired to drive? Colorado Department of Transportation’s BACtrack App The Colorado […]

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Report: Fatal Alcohol & Drug-Related Crashes In Colorado Up From 2016

It’s a startling number. Every day, 28 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver, according to the Centers for Disease and Prevention. This is amounts to one death every 51 minutes. Unfortunately, the numbers aren’t any better for drug-related crashes either. In a recent article by The Denver Post, statistics show that […]

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New, Harsher Felony DUI Law Goes Into Effect Today For Repeat Offenders

August 9, 2017

However, according to Attorney Jay Tiftickjian, the new law will do little to reduce the state’s problem with habitual DUI offenders   DENVER, Aug. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — A new law that aims to crack down on repeat drunk-driving offenders formally takes effect on August 9th, 2017. Under a recently enacted new law, a fourth-strike DUI offender can be charged with a Class IV […]

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Can a Drunk Driving Charge Affect My Parenting Time?

July 14, 2016

Our friend Rich Harris contributed the following Guest Post.  Visit The Harris Law Firm to learn more. Domestic relations lawyers are frequently confronted with this question, and the answer depends on a myriad of issues.  Colorado family law matters involving children are ruled by “the best interests of the child” statute, and this means that any kind of substance abuse […]

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Impact of Supreme Court ruling on Colorado DUIs

June 30, 2016

Current Colorado law requires anyone driving a vehicle within the state to submit to a breath or blood test if asked to do so by a law enforcement officer who has probable cause to believe a driver may be impaired to the slightest degree by drugs, alcohol or a combination of both. However, a new Supreme Court ruling may draw […]

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What is an SR-22 and Do I Need One?

November 3, 2015

An SR-22 is a rider on an auto insurance policy that guarantees that the policy will be in effect for a certain time period, which is usually about three years. Colorado law requires that all drivers who are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs obtain an SR-22 before they can regain their driver’s licenses. There […]

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