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Avoid these mistakes when dealing with the police

You consider yourself a law-abiding person; you have certainly never broken the law on purpose. So, when police officers stop your car and accuse you of DUI, you may not know the right way to act.

People unfamiliar with the criminal system may have a disadvantage when suddenly facing charges. Avoiding some common errors people make during and after their DUI stops can help your attorney build a stronger defense for you.

Important parts of choosing a designated driver

If you are heading out for a night of partying with your friends, the first steps to an enjoyable evening happen long before you head out the door. You may be old enough to toss a few back and let loose, but you are never old enough to drive while under the influence.

Choosing a designated driver is first and foremost about keeping everyone on the road safe, but it is also about keeping your record clear. A criminal charge or conviction for DUI can directly affect your future. We have a few tips to help you when you are picking out a designated driver, as studies show that many DDs end up driving under the influence anyway.

How to avoid a second DUI charge

Your first DUI was a stupid mistake. Maybe you did not think your blood alcohol level was that high, or maybe you thought you waited long enough after drinking before getting behind the wheel. Whatever the reason for your DUI, it is in the past.

However, it can be a learning experience and a motivation not to face DUI charges a second time. And as repeat offenders receive harsher penalties, you want to do whatever you can to avoid getting yourself into that situation again.

Did a sobriety checkpoint give you a reality check?

Newspapers, radio stations and social media inform the public when police have planned a sobriety checkpoint in the area. In addition, as you approach the checkpoint, signs usually warn you of a checkpoint ahead. Usually, they occur around a holiday or special event when people are likely to be celebrating.

Because law enforcement does not keep the use of checkpoints secret, studies show that they reduce drunk driving accidents and that 82 percent of the general population approves of their use. Despite the fact that police arrest less than 1 percent of drivers stopped at DUI checkpoints, the procedure continues to be an efficient, cost-effective tool for preventing drunk driving. Nevertheless, you were not likely singing the praises of sobriety checkpoints when police pulled you over recently.

Don't be fooled: Field sobriety tests are often unreliable

Once a police officer initiates a traffic stop, the law allows for a limited investigation. If the officer suspects you of driving under the influence, he or she might require you to participate in field sobriety tests. These tests supposedly establish probable cause to arrest you. Unfortunately, their reliability remains in question. An officer might express confidence in their use, but don't be fooled. Challenging them becomes a top priority in your defense.

The reliability of standardized field sobriety tests comes into question on a routine basis. Even the three tests considered most reliable -- the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, the walk-and-turn test and the one leg stand test -- have flaws. The margin for error in these and other field sobriety tests remains far too high for them to adequately support a conviction for DUI.

Were you charged with aggravated DUI?

There have probably been many Fridays where you spent most of your time at work looking forward to evenings and weekends ahead with friends. There's nothing quite like kicking back and enjoying a nice relaxing night out after a week of long hours and hard work. Perhaps your plans sometimes include taking in a movie or going to one of Colorado's fabulous nightspots. Good food, music and special friends can add up to an evening you won't soon forget.

Of course, there's always a possibility things won't go as planned; police pulling you over for DUI would definitely be one example. To avoid such problems, it's obviously best not to consume alcohol if you plan to operate a motor vehicle at some point during your night on the town. Knowing the specific DUI laws for this state can also help you make informed decisions.

Colorado fire chief accused of theft of department funds

Everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes these mistakes are small and only cause minor problems; sometimes these mistakes are more serious in nature and come with more serious consequences. Regardless, when a Colorado resident makes a mistake in judgment and is then accused of theft, it is time for that individual to seek assistance.

Money is often the initial draw in leading someone to make a poor decision. Regardless of one's personal financial status, large sums of money can be tempting to almost anyone. If one has easy access to company funds, and money from these accounts turns out to be missing, it is possible that the individual may be accused of the theft.

Colorado law enforcement on alert for drunk driving over holidays

Over the Thanksgiving holidays, many will travel to visit friends and family throughout Colorado. The air will be filled with celebration as everyone gathers together to enjoy each other's company. As friends and family share their holiday feast, it is likely that many will also share a drink or two. If this is the case, it would be wise to keep in mind the fact that Colorado law enforcement will be on the lookout for those whom they believe are drunk driving.

Beginning the Friday before Thanksgiving and continuing for over a week, law enforcement personnel across Colorado will be on high alert. Their goal is to reduce the number of drunk drivers and drunk driving accidents across the state. According to last year's numbers, over 280 individuals were arrested on drunk driving charges during this same time period.

Charges of drunk driving serious matter for Colorado driver

Traffic accidents occur on a regular basis along Colorado roadways. Something happens and a driver misjudges a situation or becomes distracted and there is a collision. Along with such an unfortunate incident comes the damage to the cars and the possible injury to the drivers and passengers involved in the accident. In many cases, police investigate the accident in an attempt to determine exactly what happened and if drunk driving was involved.

Recently, a car and pickup truck collided during early morning hours, causing the traffic intersection to be closed for approximately five hours. The driver of the pickup truck was traveling north. Reports indicate that the driver of the car is believed to have run into the truck injuring the truck's driver. The driver of the truck was transported to an area hospital where he was treated for serious injuries.

Police investigation into gunshots leads to drug offenses arrest

During the course of a normal investigation, Colorado police may knock on doors to question residents. If home, the average individual will answer the door and perhaps invite the officers inside. It is also possible that the resident may prefer to discuss the situation outside the home. The purpose of such visits are to determine if the occupant of the home heard or saw anything related to the police investigation; it is not to determine if the occupant may have something hidden in the home so that he or she can be accused of drug offenses.

Recently, police officers were investigating complaints regarding gunshots in a Colorado Springs neighborhood. As part of their investigation, officers began knocking on doors and questioning the neighborhood's residents. During the course of this investigation, officers claim that they discovered a meth lab in a room inside of one of the homes. Two of the individuals were arrested.

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