Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Blog

Colorado Laws Regarding “Leaving the Scene of an Accident”

By Timothy Bussey on March 16, 2023

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What Is Required of a Driver After an Accident?

Colorado requires drivers involved in auto collisions to perform certain tasks immediately after an accident. A driver who doesn’t comply with the statutory requirements can get charged with a range of offenses, some of which can be serious.

When Can You Point a Firearm at Someone?

By Timothy Bussey on March 6, 2023

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More citizens in the United States own firearms than in any other country in the world. Most gun owners in our country own firearms for either sport or self-defense. When faced with a perceived threat of harm, people will sometimes display a firearm or flash it at the person presenting the threat. However, flashing a firearm in the wrong circumstance can result in criminal charges. It’s important to understand the laws outlining when you can and cannot display or flash a firearm. This post will explore two criminal statutes about this; C.R.S. 18-3-206 (Menacing) and C.R.S. 18-9-106 (Disorderly Conduct).

Posted in: Criminal Defense

TSA Finds More Guns at Denver International Airport Checkpoints Than Ever Before

By Timothy Bussey on February 26, 2023

In 2021, TSA officers recovered 156 firearms at DIA checkpoints, a new record. Denver ranked seventh in the nation for recovered firearms according to the TSA.  When the new statistics were released, TSA spokesman David Pekoske stated that he believed, “What we see in our checkpoints really reflects what we’re seeing in society, and in society, there are more people carrying firearms nowadays.”

This doesn’t mean there are more people intentionally trying to bring a firearm on a plane, but it does give authorities concern. Any gun on a plane in the hands of the wrong person can be dangerous for everyone on board.

Posted in: Criminal Defense

Colorado Recently Changed the Waiting Period for License Reinstatement After Receiving a DUI

By Timothy Bussey on February 20, 2023

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On January 1, 2023, the law regarding when you can reinstate your license after a DUI suspension changed in Colorado. Prior to January 1, 2023, a person whose license was revoked for a first-time DUI had to wait at least 30 days after the revocation was effective before they could reinstate their license. Colorado changed this law for offenses occurring on or after January 1, 2023. The current law now allows for early reinstatement as early as the first day the revocation is active.

Posted in: DUI Defense

Defending Against Trespass Charges in a Criminal Case

By Timothy Bussey on February 10, 2023

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The term “trespass” is defined as “knowingly entering another owner’s property or land without permission, which encroaches on the owner’s privacy or property interests,” according to Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute (LII). Under Colorado law, there are three different degrees of criminal trespass, with widely ranging severity of penalties. Each degree of criminal trespass has its own definition.

Posted in: Criminal Defense

How to Use the “No Driving Defense” in Colorado DUI Cases

By Timothy Bussey on January 20, 2023

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?

Posted in: DUI Defense

Is It Arson in CO If You Started the Fire Accidentally?

By Timothy Bussey on January 10, 2023

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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.

Posted in: Criminal Defense

The Main Signs Police Look for to Find Drunk Drivers

By Timothy Bussey on December 15, 2022

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.

Posted in: DUI Defense

What Does it Mean to Be Charged with Strangulation in Colorado?

By Timothy Bussey on December 5, 2022

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.”

Posted in: Violent Crimes

New DUI Prevention Technology Is on the Way

By Timothy Bussey on November 30, 2022

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.

Posted in: DUI Defense

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