Does Colorado Have a Mandatory Ignition Interlock Device Program?

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?

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.

Family find themselves victim of a robbery attempt that leaves merchant shot

October 22nd, 2013

 

PoliceTstopCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – According to the Colorado Springs Police Department report, a family selling products in a parking lot outside a 7-Eleven store on 1910 East Fountain Boulevard became victims of an apparent robbery attempt on Wednesday evening that sent a 52-year-old man to the hospital who suffered a gunshot wound in the incident.

The victim was transferred to Memorial Hospital and the police said that he was “serious, but had non-life threatening injuries.”

At around 8:20 p.m., the family was confronted by at least three people in a possible attempted robbery.

Police officers reached the scene of the incident that happened on Fountain Blvd. shortly afterwards. Investigation showed that the wounded man and his family of three members dealt with at least 3 suspects. While struggling with the suspects, the man was shot and the three members of his family were possibly hit with a stun gun and hit in the head with an unknown object. One of them was also threatened with a gun. However, these three members of the family were not injured. No names from the family members were released.

A witness said that the suspects were all wearing hoodies over their heads and Halloween masks on their faces. The gunshot victim made a deep cut on one of the suspect’s neck, according to KKTV. To help in the investigation, robbery detectives were brought to the scene. Police dogs were also used for detection but they were not able track the suspects.

Investigation reports also confirmed that one of the assailants may be suffering from injuries from a stab or slash in the neck during the struggle between the family members and the assailants. The descriptions of the suspects are vague and the investigation team has no suspect information. Police is asking if anyone with information regarding the robbers or someone with injuries in the head/neck area consistent with stabbing or slashing wounds to come forward with information by calling CSPD at 444-7000.

sarah-thumbWhen you are facing felony charges, the criminal-justice system can be overwhelming and intimidating. Luckily, our founding fathers guaranteed that no man or woman should have to endure it alone. You have the right to legal representation of your choosing and in all situations you are innocent until proven guilty. Contact a Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney today to ensure that your rights are protected so you can face these serious charges.

Call today for a free phone consultation: (719) 634-7770

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Man Convicted Of Organized Crime

September 17th, 2013

white-collar-criminal-cuffsA man who was convicted of organized crime, securities fraud, theft, and conspiracy has been sentenced to 24 years in prison plus close to $4 million in restitution, according to the Denver Post. The man, along with a partner, were accused of taking about $10 million that had been invested with them and using it to pay debts from a failed business from the past rather than investing it as they had said that they would. He is also accused of having run another scam while he was out on bond. The partner pleaded guilty, and is set to serve 8 years in prison.

Have you been accused of a crime in Colorado? Contact an experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney today to discuss your options.

The number of people arrested each year in Colorado numbers roughly a quarter of a million, according to FBI statistics. Many of these people have committed the crime for which they have been arrested, while others are completely innocent. Some may be criminals, but happen not to have committed the particular crime for which they are arrested. Some of the arrests were based on acts of violence, some related to drugs, some were for drunk driving, and many for various types of theft or embezzlement. What they all have in common is that each person arrested is constitutionally guaranteed the right to a Colorado criminal defense attorney to help them defend themselves.

sarah-thumbWhen you are facing felony charges, the criminal-justice system can be overwhelming and intimidating. Luckily, our founding fathers guaranteed that no man or woman should have to endure it alone. You have the right to legal representation of your choosing and in all situations you are innocent until proven guilty. Contact a Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney today to ensure that your rights are protected so you can face these serious charges. Call today for a free phone consultation: (719) 634-7770

Arrest Made In Shooting

August 9th, 2013

 

Three people have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a Colorado Springs man, according to 9 News. Two of the people arrested are the wife and daughter of the murder victim; the third is an acquaintance who was in jail on another charge. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office says that the daughter placed a 911 call in which she said that she found her father’s front door wide open. Deputies arrested the wife and daughter, and the two of them, along with the other man, are being held on charges of suspicion of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and solicitation of murder.

Have you been charged with a violent crime in Colorado Springs? Speak with an experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney today to discuss your options.

When you have been arrested, or even if you simply believe that the police suspect you of committing a crime, protecting your rights immediately is paramount. Knowing what to say to investigators is not easy. Knowing what the police have the right to do while investigating you is also difficult. An experienced Denver criminal defense attorney can help you protect your rights, and ensure that the police do not use illegally obtained evidence against you in court. If your rights have been violated, your attorney may even be able to have the charges dismissed.

sarah-thumbSpeak with the experienced Colorado criminal defense lawyer, Sarah Christensen today if you have been arrested, or if you think that you may be. It is never too early to begin protecting your rights, and the more you do to protect yourself in the early stages the better. You will want a dedicated criminal defense attorney who has experience defending Coloradans against charges like what you may be facing. Contact a Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney today to ensure that your rights are protected so you can face these serious charges. Call today for a free phone consultation: (719) 634-7770

 

Teens Arrested for Hit-and-Run Caught on Tape

July 29th, 2013

 

Two teens were arrested on Thursday, July 17 for a hit and run involving another teen. Joshua Stegmeier (18, Littleton) and friend Gabriel Baxter (18, West Chester, PA) were charged with accessory to vehicular assault and accessory to leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury for a confrontation with Luke Collier (18, Longmont) after he was discovered lying unconscious in the street on July 2 with serious head injuries. Stegmeier was also charged with first degree criminal trespassing and misdemeanor harassment. According to authorities, video clips obtained from Stegmeier’s camera depict the teens planning the encounter and following through with the assault on Collier. Stagmeier has a court date set for August 8 and Baxter does not have a date set at this time.

 

In this digital era, the rise of smart phone usage in conjunction with the popularity of social media networks give users the ability to easily take and share photos and videos with others. It is important to understand the best practices for creating, using, and sharing media content, the rules governing whether taking a picture or video is permitted or not, and the risks associated with photographing and/or video recording illegal activity and storing it on computers, cameras, and/or mobile devices.

sarah-thumbA criminal charge can ruin your reputation and seriously hamper your chances of gainful employment. Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer Sarah Christensen has successfully handled thousands of criminal cases. She understands the tactics law enforcement officers and prosecuting attorneys use to secure a conviction. She will work hard to prevent false and unnecessary convictions that can hurt you, your family, and your reputation. Call (719)-634-7770 today.

 

 

Overcrowding Problem In Jails

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.