Archive for the ‘DUI’ Category

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.

 

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.