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3 forms of domestic violence not involving physical harm

Relationships are difficult. Even couples who are compatible and deeply in love inevitably fight, and sometimes those fights can become volatile. When voices are raised and passions are high, it can be difficult to control emotions and reign in impulses. This is the situation that often precedes instances of domestic violence. If it sounds familiar, you could be facing such charges and wondering what to do.

The term "domestic violence" conjures up images of physical harm and battery, but in reality, it does not always have to be physical at all. In fact, you might face charges of domestic violence without ever hurting the alleged victim. Consider the following three ways that this charge can stem from a nonphysical offense.

Breathalyzer accuracy can be challenged in DUI cases

If you have been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, you may be quite nervous, especially if this is your first offense.

You took a breathalyzer test to determine your blood alcohol content level, but were the results accurate? An incident that occurred in Philadelphia illustrates that the equipment used in such a test is not infallible.

Is DWAI a criminal charge in Colorado?

In Colorado, you can face charges even if you are 21 or older and your BAC is under the 0.08 percent threshold that normally signals a DUI charge. These "lesser" charges are DWAI charges, or driving while ability impaired charges. If you are facing such an offense, you may wonder if DWAIs are criminal charges or if they are more like traffic tickets that do not show up on a criminal history.

The answer is that DWAIs are indeed criminal charges. They are traffic misdemeanors and worth taking just as seriously as DUI charges.

How much does a Colorado DUI conviction cost you?

If you receive a charge and subsequent conviction for drunk driving (DUI) in Colorado, you can anticipate considerable penalties if convicted. Depending on the details of your case, you may face jail time, fines, the loss of your license and related penalties.

The fees and fines associated with a Colorado DUI conviction are substantial, and in fact, the costs of a DUI are rising. The Colorado Department of Transportation expects a 32-percent uptick in the average amount you will pay for a DUI conviction going forward.

5 common types of property crime

Property crime is common in the United States. According to the FBI, there were approximately nine million property crime offenses in the country. This high number is partially due to the fact that there are numerous types of offenses that fall under the umbrella of property crime.

Property crimes range from low-level offenses to serious felonies. Here are some of the most common examples of crimes against property.

Can you sleep alcohol off in your car?

Many people in Colorado who otherwise might drive intoxicated decide instead to sleep the alcohol off in their car. While this seems like a smart and safe decision for everyone, it could actually lead to the person getting a DUI charge.

Your case may come down to whether you can show you were not "driving."

The proven, positive effects of drug court

If you are charged with a drug-related crime in Colorado, you may justifiably have concerns about how your possible conviction might impact your life. Jail time, steep fines and substance abuse treatment are all possible consequences for your actions, but depending on your criminal history and the details surrounding your offense, you may have an alternative option available to you.

Drug courts are supervised programs available to some nonviolent drug offenders. The main sentiment behind drug courts is that they can hold you accountable for your actions, but they can also help you beat your addiction for good, which may keep you from committing additional crimes. According to the National Association of Drug Court professionals, these programs have numerous proven, positive effects. For example, drug courts:

Your child may face serious penalties for shoplifting

When you least expected it, you got the call that most parents in Colorado dread – law enforcement arrested your child for shoplifting, and now he or she is facing criminal charges. Depending on the circumstances, the penalties can be relatively mild or severe.

It may help to understand the laws regarding shoplifting and theft in Colorado, as well as the consequences. For example, if your daughter takes a small item that is worth less than $50, such as a palette of eyeshadow, she could spend up to six months in jail and have to pay $500 in fines. Anything between $50 and $2,000 is a misdemeanor charge with higher penalties. A theft of over $2,000 in value is a felony charge that may result in thousands of dollars in fines and 1.5 or more years in prison.

What you need to know about drugged driving

Now that recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado, it is crucial to be aware that you can get a DUI if you drive while high. Driving under the influence of cannabis affects your impairment and is against the law. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, over 17 percent of DUI arrests in Colorado involve marijuana. 

If you are wondering how marijuana impairs your driving ability, what the law says or how you can stay safe, keep reading below. 

Should you agree to take a chemical test for DUI?

When an officer pulls you over on suspicion of drunk driving, he or she will likely require you to take a test to determine intoxication. One may be a field sobriety test that examines your coordination and other skills, which is not reliable and not a requirement either.

Another request may be for a chemical test, likely using a breathalyzer at the scene. What should you do in this case?

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