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Does Colorado Have a Mandatory Ignition Interlock Device Program?

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

 

SONY DSCIn 2011, 161 people died in drunk driving accidents across the State of Colorado. This represented 36% of all traffic deaths in Colorado and is a 34% increase from 2010. If you are convicted of DUI in Colorado and this is your first offense, you may not be required to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle.

While other states have moved to a mandatory ignition interlock device program as a requirement after a DUI conviction, Colorado has not. Instead, Colorado courts allow DUI offenders to opt to use ignition interlock devices as a way to shorten their period of license suspension.

Currently, there are 15 states that have mandatory ignition interlock device regulations. DUI offenders are required to install these devices after a DUI conviction. Ignition interlock devices are devices, which monitor the breath alcohol content of drivers. They require drivers to blow into tubes in order to start their vehicles and then every several minutes while driving. The results are recorded and monitored. If the monitor detects alcohol on the driver’s breath, the vehicle will not start.

While Colorado does not require mandatory ignition interlock device installation, DUI offenders can opt for them. If you are convicted of DUI and this is your first offense, you will have your license revoked for at least 9 months. After the first month of suspension, a DUI offender can have this device installed and receive a limited driver’s license.


If your blood alcohol content is greater than 0.17, you may be required to install the ignition interlock device for up to one year. If this is your second offense within 5 years, you will also be required to install this device on your vehicle.

If you or someone you love is facing DUI charges in Colorado, you need an experienced Denver DUI defense lawyer on your side from the moment you are arrested. Your attorney will be able to investigate all aspects of your arrest, review all evidence, and advise you of the best ways to defend against these serious charges.

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sarah-thumbIf you are facing DUI charges in Colorado Springs, Briargate, Black Forest, Fountain Valley, or anywhere in the State of Colorado, you need an experienced DUI defense lawyer on your side. Sarah Christensen has the experience and resources to fight your DUI charges and protect your driving record. She can negotiate lighter sentencing, reduction in fines and a faster return of your driver’s license, so you can breathe a little easier. Call (719) 634-7770 today.

 

What are my Rights After a Colorado DUI?

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

 

If you are arrested and charged with DUI in the State of Colorado, you may feel alone and out of options. Prosecutors and state law enforcement officials often make DUI suspects feel as if there is no use fighting these serious charges. Yet you do have rights—and knowing those rights can help you beat your DUI charges and protect your future.

What are my rights after a Colorado DUI?

  • You do not have to plead guilty—even if the BAC readings are greater than 0.08%. You have the right to enter a plea of not guilty.

  • You have the right to a trial within 6 months of pleading not guilty.

  • You have the right to be represented by an experienced Colorado DUI defense attorney of your choosing.

  • If you cannot afford an attorney, you have the right to ask the courts to appoint one for you at no additional cost.

  • You have the right of presumed innocence. This means that you are believed to be innocent until proven guilty. The burden of proof lies with the prosecution and they must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were legally intoxicated behind the wheel of a vehicle.

  • You have the right to confront and cross-examine any witnesses that testify against you in court.

  • You have the right to present your own evidence and to bring your own witnesses to build your defense.

  • You have the right to remain silent both before your arrest and afterwards. You even have the right to remain silent during the trial and you do not have to testify against yourself.

  • You have the right to appeal any decision made by the court. You can appeal to a higher court immediately after the verdict.

Knowing your rights is the first step towards building a solid and formidable defense against DUI charges. Unfortunately, many individuals are unaware that they can fight these serious charges.

DUI convictions are not just mere inconveniences. DUI convictions can jeopardize your job opportunities, your career, and your reputation in the community. They can make obtaining auto insurance difficult and cost you significant time and money.

Colorado DUI Defense Attorney

sarah-thumbIf you are facing DUI charges in Colorado Springs, Briargate, Black Forest, Fountain Valley, or anywhere in the State of Colorado, you need an experienced DUI defense lawyer on your side. Sarah Christensen has the experience and resources to fight your DUI charges and protect your driving record. She can negotiate lighter sentencing, reduction in fines and a faster return of your driver’s license, so you can breathe a little easier. Call (719) 634-7770 today.

Overcrowding Problem In Jails

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

 

49 inmates at the Mesa County Jail were sleeping on the floor on June 19, due to overcrowding in the facility. The jail is designed to hold 392 inmates, while there were 432 booked into the jail. Some of the inmates are awaiting trial on felony charges, while others are being held pretrial on misdemeanor charges. A captain in the sheriff’s department said that he doesn’t know what the reason is for the increased number of inmates, whether fewer people are bonding out, or people are simply taking longer to work through the system. A number of the inmates were moved to Park County Jail in order to relive the crowding in Mesa County.

Have you been charged or arrested in Colorado? Contact an experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney today to protect your rights.

The overcrowding issue in the Mesa County Jail is mirrored by a problem of overcrowding in prisons across the country. It is important to remember that, while people who are in jail have been arrested, they have not lost their rights. In fact, most of the people in jail have not been convicted of the crime that they were arrested for; they are either waiting to bond out, or awaiting trial. In any case, whatever the reason for the overcrowding in some county jails, and many prisons across the country, it is vital that people remember that every person charged with a crime in the United States has rights.

sarah-thumbSpeak with dedicated Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney Sarah Christensen immediately if you have been charged with a crime, or if you believe that you will be. With many years of experience in criminal law, Sarah has helped countless Coloradans protect their rights, prove their innocence, and get the best possible outcome from a terrible situation. When you are arrested, it’s not easy to know what to say to investigators. Police officers may try to make you feel like asking for a lawyer is a sign of guilt. The fact is, however, that you need a Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney to effectively protect your rights whether you are guilty or innocent. Remember that you are considered innocent until proven guilty. But also remember that a police who has already decided that you are guilty may not respect the rights that the law guarantees you. Sarah can help. For more information and a FREE CASE EVALUATION, contact The Law Office of Sarah Christensen today at (719)634-7770.

Franklin Sain Is Scheduled To Be Arraigned

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

cop-arrestIn a highly publicized court case, Franklin Sain is scheduled to be arraigned in in connection with harassment charges based on messages he sent to a state legislator, according to the Denver Post. Sain sent a series of emails to state Representative Rhonda Fields in connection with her support of gun control measures that used profanity, and sexual and racial epithets. One email said that he hoped Fields, whose son was murdered a number of years ago, would meet the same fate as a United States congresswoman who was shot in the head. The charges against Sain claim that he threatened Representative Fields, and that he also sent her an unsigned letter overtly threatening her safety. Sain’s attorney says that Sain did not write or send that letter, and that there may be DNA evidence supporting that claim.

Have you been charged with a crime in Colorado? Contact an experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney today to protect your rights.

One issue in this case may be the line between a citizen’s freedom of speech and the safety of a public official. Based on information publicly available, it is not clear whether the emails that Sain admits to sending cross that line. It is important to remember that the lines of decency and good taste are very different from the lines of criminal behavior. Also at issue appears to be whether or not Sain wrote the unsigned letter that investigators attribute to him. It is sometimes easy for evidence to be used falsely against a defendant, and it is vital that the person accused have a dedicated, knowledgeable Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney on his or her side.

sarah-thumbContact Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney Sarah Christensen today if you have been accused of a crime in Colorado. Whether you have been accused of a crime you didn’t commit, or have made a terrible mistake, your right to aggressive criminal defense is one of the most fundamental tenets of our justice system. Sarah has helped countless Coloradans to get the best possible outcome from a terrible situation, gaining valuable experience over the course of her career. She will fight hard for every client, working for a dismissal of charges or acquittal at trial. In the event of a conviction, she will still work hard to secure the most lenient possible penalty. For more information and a FREE CASE EVALUATION, contact Sarah today at (719)634-7770.

Drunk Driver in Stolen Car Kills a Man

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

CBS Denver reported that in Lone Tree there was a fatal hit and run crash on C-470. The reports indicated that the crash involved two vehicles. There was a white sedan and another SUV involved in the crash. According to police reports the SUV drove over the top of the white sedan killing the driver of that vehicle. The SUV then left the scene of the crime. The owner of the SUV involved in the crash reported that the car had been stolen after she drove two gentlemen home from a party. The owner of the SUV is being held under arrest. There were two suspects in the car according a witness to the scene. Alcohol is suspected to be a reason for the accident.

Have you made a terrible mistake and are now facing criminal charges? Contact a Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer.

According to data from Mothers Against Drunk Driving 1 in every 3 traffic fatalities is due to drunk driving. Over 10,200 people died in alcohol impaired crashes in 2010. This is a lower rate than in 2009 and 2008. Over 32,000 people have died in alcohol related crashes from 2008 to 2011. California, Texas and Florida are the highest ranked states for alcohol crashes resulting in fatalities. However, Colorado had over 400 deaths in alcohol impaired crashes. In November of 2010, over 174 people died in just that month, in the United States, due to drunk driving accidents. Every minute, 52 people lose their lives to a drunk driving accident. MADD recognizes that drunk driving is a serious problem all over the nation.

In Colorado the legal limit is: if you are under the age of 21, a blood alcohol content of 0.02%. However, if you are a minor you can be charged with possession of alcohol while underage. If you are over 21, any BAC over 0.08% will get you a DUI but, at a BAC of 0.05% you will be charged with a DWAI (driving while ability impaired). Colorado is unique in their laws about driving under the influence because Colorado also has a Driving While Ability Impaired law which makes it illegal to drive with a 0.8 percent BAC. Most other states consider a BAC of 0.08% or below as driving impaired and will not charge you with a DUI or DWAI.

If you have been charged with a DUI and are facing the judicial system do not face it alone. Contacting a Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer today can help make sure that you are protecting your rights. Facing the judicial system by yourself can cause a lot of stress. When facing a DUI there are a lot of options that you have for what tests you preform and how you plea. Make sure that you are properly informed about all your options by calling a dedicated defense attorney today. When you get a DUI there are also many court appearances that must be made and it is important that you are properly represented at these proceedings. Don’t let your criminal charges take over your life, let an experienced attorney like Sarah Christensen help you get the best possible outcome in your criminal case. Call today to start your defense (719) 634-7770.

DUI Check Point | DUI Defense Attorney

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
Colorado Springs Dui Attorney If you have been charged with a DUI or DWI, contact the law offices of Sarah Ccristensen today to discuss your optins

Fireworks, barbecues, swimming in the pool or the lake, and generally enjoying the company of family and friends: this is how millions of Americans celebrate Independence Day. The 4th of July is an excellent time to celebrate all of the things that we hold dear, and consider important, as Americans. For many adults, that celebration will include a beer, or a glass of wine, or some other alcoholic beverage. Hopefully, everyone will remember to ensure that they have a safe ride home at the end of the day’s festivities. Unfortunately, the Colorado Department of Transportation reports that in 2011, more people were killed in drunk-driving accidents in July than in any other month. We do need to remember, as we celebrate our freedom, that we also have a duty to behave responsibly, and not to do anything that will endanger the lives of others.

Are you facing DUI charges? Then you need the dedicated assistance of an aggressive Colorado Springs DUI defense attorney immediately.


Top 5 Alcohol-Related Traffic Fatalities By Holiday From The Tafoya Law Firm

(This graphic used with permission from Denver criminal defense attorney Alaurice Tafoya-Modi.)

As usual, the Colorado State Patrol, in cooperation with more than 80 other law enforcement agencies across the state, is running it’s annual DUI enforcement campaign: “The Heat is On.” The goal of eliminating drunk driving, and the unnecessary pain and suffering that is involved in fatal drunk-driving accidents is certainly a good one. However, the methods that police often use to work toward that goal can violate the rights of Coloradans. One of the things that we celebrate on the 4th of July is the fact that we as Americans have certain rights, even when accused of crimes said Greeley DUI attorney Thomas Grant.

If you have been charged with a DUI, speak with a dedicated Colorado Springs DUI defense attorney immediately. Sarah Christensen has defended countless Coloradans accused of DUI, and possesses a thorough understanding of both the criminal and administrative repercussions. From ensuring that illegally obtained evidence is thrown out, to minimizing the penalty in the event of a conviction, to working to avoid or minimize driver’s license suspension, Sarah is a dedicated Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney who works hard for the best possible outcome for every client. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION contact the Law Office of Sarah Christensen today at (719)634-7770.

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Vehicular Assault Charge Against Teen Driver | Colorado Springs DUI Defense Lawyer

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

According to The Gazette, a teenage driver was arrested after driving while intoxicated and crashing his vehicle. The accident occurred early Saturday morning in Palmer Park. Police were called to the scene after the vehicle, carrying four people, swerved off of the road and crashed into a tree. The driver, a 17 year old, was arrested for a DUI and a 17 year old passenger was hurt with a broken arm during the accident. Two other passengers reportedly ran away after the crash before police officials arrived on scene. The driver is being held at the county’s juvenile detention center with charges of vehicular assault pending further investigation. According to police statements, alcohol and driver inexperience is to blame for the off road collision.

Being convicted of a drinking and driving offense, especially if you seriously injure or kill another person, may leave you facing very serious consequences including years in prison. An expert defense attorney will investigate your case to ensure that your rights were not violated during the process and that all charges against you are legal and accurate.

If you or a loved one have been accused of a drunk driving accident in Colorado Springs, then you need a professional Colorado Springs DUI defense Lawyer to defend you. An experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney can help in fine reduction and a faster return of your driver’s license. Attorney Sarah Christensen is a an aggressive criminal defense attorney that will dedicate her time to ensure the best possible outcome. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Sarah Christensen at (719)634-7770.

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