Archive for the ‘DUI’ Category

Should You be Arrested for Driving High in Colorado?

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Pot leaf on black rocks | Can You be Arrested for Driving High in Colorado?The Colorado Department of Transportation reports 116 people were killed in accidents caused by drugged drivers in 2014. That makes drugged driving just as dangerous as drunk driving. But how drugged is “too drugged” to drive? Should you be arrested for driving high? This is where the facts are less clear.

First of all, it is important to know the legal limits before getting behind the wheel. A blood alcohol content of .08 constitutes drunk driving. Similar to alcohol, there is an established impairment level in Colorado of five nanograms of active THC per milliliter of whole blood. (more…)

The Heat Is On Campaign to Continue Into the Labor Day Holiday

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Young woman pulled over by a cop | The Heat Is On Campaign to Continue Into the Labor Day HolidayThe Colorado Department of Transportation has launched their “The Heat is On” campaign targeting drunk drivers over busy holiday weekends. The campaign ran the weekend of July 4th and more than 300 arrests were made across the state as a result. The DUI campaign will continue into the Labor Holiday weekend as well. (more…)

Suspected Drunk Driver Charged with Vehicular Homicide and DUI

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Whisky, keys and cuffs. Don't Get Charged with Vehicular Homicide and DUIRecently, a Denver man was charged with vehicular homicide and DUI in connection with two fatalities that occurred in a chain reaction car accident.

Twenty-eight-year-old Joshua Lee Calhoun surrendered himself at Aurora police headquarters in March after being named in the deaths of one man and one woman in a three-car collision that took place in the early hours of March 10.

According to a police statement, just prior to the accident, Calhoun was exceeding the speed limit and had recently left a bar. (more…)

Penalties for Multiple DUIs in Colorado

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

In the State of Colorado, nearly 33% of all DUI arrests involve individuals with more than one DUI on their record. Even more shocking, 17% of all DUI arrests involve drivers with at least three prior DUIs. If you are arrested for a DUI and you already have multiple DUIs on your record, you may feel like there is little you can do to fight these charges. Luckily, an experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer can help.

Colorado drivers face steep penalties if they are arrested for drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs. If you already have multiple DUIs on your record, however, you could face extraordinarily harsh consequences, including mandatory time in jail. An experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer can help you avoid being convicted for another DUI and may be able to have the charges against you dismissed or reduced to a lesser offense. (more…)

DUI Accidents – What NOT to do Following Your Arrest

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

SONY DSCIf you have been arrested for DUI in the state of Colorado, you may be embarrassed, anxious, and frightened for your future. While it is normal to have all these feelings, this is no time for hesitation. Decisive action at this point can alter the outcome of your charges, giving you a much better chance of a positive result.  According to the Denver Post, one in three Colorado drivers who are arrested for DUI have a prior DUI arrest. The state of Colorado is one of only four states, which do not currently have a felony DUI offense charge. Nevertheless, being charged with DUI in Colorado is a serious matter, and requires immediate action to fully protect your rights. (more…)

Will DUI be a Felony in Colorado?

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other legislators are lobbying hard for House Bill 14-1036, which would make a felony DUI law in Colorado. Now, Colorado is just one of 4 states that does not have a felony DUI law already in place. Their reasoning is a list of shocking Colorado DUI statistics, including:

  • Drunk driving fatalities in 2012 represented 28% of all total traffic deaths
  • There were 25,385 DUI arrests in 2012
  • 7,309 individuals refused to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test in 2012
  • $704 million in taxpayer subsidy of drunk driving fatalities in 2012 alone
  • 32.8% of underage Colorado teens have used alcohol in the past month (more…)

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.

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.