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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?

How many drinks does it take to get drunk?

You know you should not drink and drive, but does that mean you cannot even have just one drink when you are out? After all, there is no way one cup of booze could impair you enough to get a DUI, right?

Unfortunately, there is no cut-and-dry answer. Due to numerous factors that affect the metabolism of alcohol, no magic number of drinks exists as the cut-off point. 

Understanding the consequences of graffiti in Colorado

If you admire the unique style of graffiti as an art form, then you are not alone. Countless people in Colorado and across the country find graffiti on downtown walls, underpasses and the sides of buildings to be a colorful and interesting artistic expression and form of social commentary. However, not everyone feels this way. If graffiti is a passion of yours, you will need to understand the possible criminal charges you could face for leaving your mark on public property.

It is not for trivial reasons that many people dislike graffiti, from store owners to the general public. Some see the spray-painted scrawlings as unsightly. Others know young people and gang members use graffiti to tag their territory. Building owners do not appreciate graffiti being painted on their property without their permission, especially since they are often required to remove the graffiti at their own expense. For these reasons, if you are caught spraying graffiti unlawfully, you could end up with the following consequences:

  •        Criminal charges of property destruction and trespassing
  •        Community service, including cleaning your artwork off the buildings you sprayed
  •        Being required to pay financial damages

3 non-violent domestic abuse offenses

When confronted with the phrase “domestic abuse” or “domestic violence,” many people conjure up an image of a wife-beating lowlife who deserves to spend time in jail. It may come as a shock to such people, then, that one can face such charges without ever having committed a physical offense. In fact, there are several forms of domestic abuse that might not involve any physical violence at all.

According to the Huffington Post, nonviolent abuse may occur independently or concurrently with physical abuse—and both men and women may be targets. There are a few things you should know if you have been accused of any form of domestic abuse, including the following three offenses:

The difference between reckless and careless driving

With so many ways you can commit a traffic violation, it can be hard to understand what charges you face when the police give you a ticket or arrest you. Broad terms that cover a number of illegal driving behaviors can make things even more confusing.

For example, you have probably heard of reckless driving, but do you know what that entails? Are you aware of careless driving as well and how it is different from reckless driving? They are not the same and do not come with the same penalties, so knowing the difference is the first step in building a strong defense.

A quick guide to the differences between DUI and DWAI

Two different alcohol-related driving crimes exist in the state of Colorado: driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while ability is impaired (DWAI). This can be confusing since DUI is the more popular acronym. You might wonder how they differ and what will happen if you get charged with either for the first time. 

DUIs and DWAIs mostly differ based on the level of blood alcohol content (BAC). Below is an overview of the laws about these offenses and what penalties you might face for them. 

3 mistakes you should never make when you are drunk

Drinking can be a fun way to unwind and relax. If you are careful and keep your behavior under control, it is typically harmless, but alcohol has a way of lowering the inhibitions that usually keep your actions in check. While you may enjoy acting a bit rowdy, there are certain actions you should avoid at all costs if you have been drinking at all. Failure to do so can result in legal and criminal consequences.

According to the National Partnership on Alcohol Misuse and Crime, 5.3 million adults with criminal convictions admitted to drinking at the time of their offense. Rather than becoming a contributor to this statistics, be wise and ensure that you do not make any of the following mistakes.

Questions about marijuana and driving in Colorado

While you might think Colorado is completely relaxed when it comes to marijuana, think again. Despite the fact it is legal to smoke recreationally, you should still not drive while you are high. Taking this risk could result in law enforcement pulling you over and you receiving a conviction of driving under the influence. If you are planning on smoking marijuana and you need transportation after, make sure you get a sober ride.

But what exactly are the laws surrounding driving and marijuana use? Can you drive with marijuana in your car? Read below for the answers to these questions and more.

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.

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