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3 types of field-sobriety tests in Colorado

Whether you stick to parties in Weld County or travel to the surrounding areas to enjoy the nightlife, you should be careful never to drink and drive. After all, if you have a blood alcohol concentration over Colorado’s 0.08% legal limit, driving may cause you to incur significant legal penalties. You may also face a variety of related consequences after a DUI arrest. Nonetheless, officers arrest approximately 60 individuals for drunk driving every day in Colorado. 

If an officer stops your vehicle because he or she suspects you are drunk, you may have to perform a field sobriety test. The National Highway Transportation Administration has standardized three types of these tests. If you find yourself in the middle of a DUI stop, an officer may ask you to perform one or more of the following: 

Who gets the dog in a Colorado divorce?

If you have a dog, you are in good company. In fact, the American Veterinary Medical Association reports that almost 40% of U.S. households have at least one dog, and a quarter have a cat. If you are thinking about divorcing your spouse, you likely know that you must divide marital assets. What happens to your furry friend, though? 

In the Centennial State, divorcing spouses receive an equitable share of marital wealth. While this standard does not guarantee an even 50/50 split of everything that you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse own, it should leave you with a fair share. Because dogs are living animals, however, you simply cannot physically split them into two equitable pieces. Therefore, you must know how Colorado divorce law treats dogs, cats and other companion animals. 

Are sobriety checkpoints legal in Colorado?

If you regularly drive in Weld County or around Northern Colorado, you may think that rural roadways insulate you from DUI enforcement. That is not the case, though. On the contrary, both state and local law enforcement agencies regularly look for intoxicated drivers in both urban and isolated areas. Eventually, you may find yourself sitting beside the road with flashing lights in your rearview mirror. 

While many drunk driving arrests involve only one vehicle, DUI checkpoints are legal in the Centennial State, provided that they are fair and not too intrusive. The Colorado Department of Transportation has a sobriety checkpoint manual to guide enforcement agencies in the legal administration of sobriety checkpoints. Here are some highlights: 

Mediation may be the best process for ending your marriage

If you and your spouse have decided on divorce, you are probably not looking forward to litigation, thinking it too intrusive a process with the possibility of a bitter ending.

If you and your soon-to-be ex can work together, mediation may be the best way for you to manage your divorce. There are a number of benefits to this method as compared to a courtroom procedure.

When does a misdemeanor for drunk driving become a felony?

Just a few years ago, any conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol was classed as a misdemeanor in the state of Colorado, but the drunk driving laws have changed.

At a certain level, the charge for DUI becomes a felony and brings with it some harsh penalties, including the possibility of time behind bars.

Can you expunge a DUI conviction in Colorado?

Probably no one has to tell you that driving drunk is a big mistake in the Centennial State. After all, Colorado has some of the toughest DUI penalties in the country. Even worse, because alcohol causes your reflexes to slow, you may injure yourself or others if you climb behind the wheel with a blood alcohol concentration above Colorado’s 0.08% legal limit. 

Anyone facing criminal charges knows how intimidating the justice system can be. If an officer arrests you for driving under the influence, you may plan to plead guilty and try to erase the conviction from your criminal record later. Unfortunately, Colorado law only allows expunctions under limited circumstances. 

How DUI arrests typically unfold in Colorado

Greeley has many bars, restaurants and entertainment venues that serve alcohol. If you want to leave town and head to Fort Collins, Boulder or Denver, you can find thousands of places to enjoy a cocktail, pint of beer or glass of wine. You must be careful not to drive if your blood alcohol concentration is above Colorado’s 0.08% legal limit, though. 

If an officer has ever pulled over your vehicle for any reason, you realize how stressful a stop can be. For moving violations, you may have to pay a potentially costly ticket. If an officer suspects you of driving under the influence of alcohol, though, your traffic stop may quickly turn into a nightmare. That is, your stop may lead to an arrest. Here are how DUI arrests typically unfold in Colorado: 

Record sealing can aid in preventing long-term DUI damage

Perhaps you are a college student and a driver under the age of 21. You often get together with friends and do not see a problem with driving after having enjoyed a few beers.

However, a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol is definitely problematic. This kind of mark on your record will follow you and create roadblocks in your life, but record sealing can prevent long-term damage from DUI.

The consequences of hiding assets during a divorce

Few things in life are more difficult than going through a divorce. Fortunately, if you and your spouse have considerable assets, you may not have to worry about your financial future. 

In Colorado, family law judges divide marital property based upon what is equitable. Of course, you can mediate or otherwise negotiate with your partner to receive more or less than that. Still, you can only receive your fair share if you know marital property exists. 

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