Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Blog
If you’ve been charged with a DUI for drinking, you may be able to challenge the lab results in court. And there are also effective legal strategies for challenging driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) charges in Colorado.
When a police officer pulls you over and charges you with DUI, it’s clear that you were driving the vehicle. What if you are legally intoxicated, but the officer never actually sees you driving?
Arson is one of the most serious property crimes. It causes billions of dollars in property damage and thousands of people die in fires every year. There is no statute of limitations for arson, and conviction for felony arson carries severe penalties. If convicted of felony arson, you will be facing strict fines and years behind bars.
Drunk Driving Signs
Police officers receive special training to help them identify intoxicated drivers on the road. This training includes learning to look for specific behaviors that may indicate intoxication, such as swerving, speeding, or braking erratically. If a police officer suspects a driver may be intoxicated, they will likely pull the driver over for further investigation.
What Is Strangulation?
You have been charged with Assault in The Second Degree, involving alleged strangulation. What does that mean? A pertinent statute, subsection 18-3-203 (1)(i), C.R.S., states in part, “A person commits the crime of assault in the second degree if with the intent to cause bodily injury, he or she applies sufficient pressure to impede or restrict the breathing or circulation of the blood of another person by applying such pressure to the neck or by blocking the nose or mouth of the other person and thereby causes bodily injury.”
According to a recent study, nearly one-third of all car accidents in the United States are caused by drivers who are under the influence of alcohol. Every year, hundreds of people are killed or injured in accidents caused by drunk drivers. These accidents often involve innocent bystanders who are caught in the crossfire. In addition to the human toll, these accidents also cause massive property damage and cost the state millions of dollars in lost productivity. To decrease the number of intoxicated drivers on the road, Congress has proposed new legislation requiring all automobiles to be equipped with advanced sobriety-testing technology.
Fentanyl is a powerfully potent synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more powerful. It is a prescription drug primarily used to treat patients with severe pain who have developed a tolerance to other opioids. Fentanyl can be administered intravenously, intranasally, via transdermal patch, or in lozenge form. The most common side effects of fentanyl include drowsiness, nausea, and constipation. Fentanyl can be extremely dangerous if not used properly, and has been linked to several overdose deaths in recent years.
If you are convicted of a DUI, it will likely influence your ability to get a job. Many employers will not hire someone with a DUI on their record, and even if they do, you may be required to disclose your conviction to potential employers. This can limit your job prospects and lead to you being passed over for positions you are otherwise qualified for. In some cases, a DUI conviction can also lead to the loss of your current job. If your job requires you to drive, a DUI may make you ineligible to continue working in that role. If you are convicted of a DUI, it is important to be honest about it with potential employers and to understand the potential implications of your conviction.
Drug testing is a common condition of probation or parole. Some people on probation may be required to take weekly random drug tests. Hair follicle testing can detect drug consumption for up to 90 days.
A hair follicle drug test is a type of drug test that uses a small sample of hair to detect the presence of drugs in a person’s system. This drug test is often used to screen for illicit drugs, as it can provide a more accurate picture of drug use over an extended period. Hair follicle drug tests can detect the presence of drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, and opiates.
A wobbler refers to a drug offense that may be reduced from a serious class 4 felony to a level 1 misdemeanor. This reduction occurs when a defendant effectively completes probation or community corrections. Often referred to as a “wobbler offense,” these exist to enable offenders, often first-time offenders, to escape the significant penalties of a class 4 felony.
Pleading guilty does not prevent you from having to interact with the justice system altogether. Even if you plead guilty to a crime, it could benefit you greatly to have a criminal defense attorney to represent you in court. An experienced criminal defense attorney at the Bussey Law Firm, P.C., can help you understand the charges against you, the potential penalties you face, and the best way to proceed in your case. If you plead guilty, your attorney can negotiate with the prosecutor on your behalf to get a lighter sentence. You should always consult with an attorney before pleading guilty to a crime. Call (719) 475-2555 for an immediate consultation.