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Understanding prescription drug DUI in Colorado

Most people tend to associate DUI with the consumption of excess alcohol or illegal drugs. However, you do not have to be partying to get a DUI in Colorado. Sometimes, just taking your prescription medication before you get in the car can do the trick.

Yes, even if you take your medicine precisely according to your doctor's instructions, you may still be breaking the law. If you face DUI charges based on prescription drugs, you should take your situation seriously and consult with an experienced attorney promptly.

What to expect from your DMV hearing

There are many events that can lead to a license suspension or revocation. Perhaps you have been arrested for DUI, been caught driving with a license that was already suspended or you have accumulated too many points on your license for traffic violations. If you wish to retain your license, you may be able to request a DMV hearing to prevent it from being revoked or suspended.

You need your driver's license to get to and from work and fulfill a host of other responsibilities you have. Losing it is not just a disruption to your life, it is a serious setback, and it makes it even more difficult to get back on track. Here is what to expect when you request a DMV hearing:

3 common traffic violations and crimes

Driving is a normal thing you do every day that is typically eventless. Most of the time, you simply go to work, run errands or give someone a ride and you are done. Unfortunately, sometimes complications arise and you see red and blue lights in your rearview mirror.

You may unknowingly or intentionally commit a variety of infractions, violations and crimes while you are behind the wheel. Here are some of the most common traffic violations of which you should steer clear. 

Why failing a breathalyzer test does not always mean a conviction

When a police officer stops you based on suspicion of DUI, taking a breathalyzer test is typically part of the process. You comply, as Colorado law likely requires you to submit to chemical testing in this situation. Your test results exceed the legal limit of 0.08 blood alcohol concentration. Now what?

At this point, many people decide their case is not worth fighting. However, a DUI conviction can have some serious consequences. In fact, a breathalyzer test result may not always be the bulletproof piece of evidence people think it is. An experienced attorney can identify weaknesses in the case against you and develop a targeted strategy.

Key elements to a successful attorney relationship

Accidents occur on a daily basis. When the incident causes injury and is due to the negligence of one party, it may be possible to seek compensation for the accident

In such cases, an attorney can help to make sure that the claim process goes as smoothly as possible and that the claimant receives a just reward. To get the most out of this relationship, there are a few key elements claimants should be aware of.

Building a strong personal injury case: key evidence, part two

There are millions of people who live from paycheck to paycheck, so enduring physical trauma and having to miss work can be extremely straining and stressful. Those individuals may find a personal injury claim essential to helping them get back on their feet. Even those who do not have financial strain may feel entitled to compensation for their suffering, and rightfully so.

In order for claimants to receive the best possible award, they must build a strong case. A previous blog discussed why evidence is important. Now, here is a look at the different types of evidence that contribute to solidifying a case.

Building a strong personal injury case: key evidence, part one

Accidents in themselves are stressful events. Add on the ramifications of an accident, such as medical bills, time lost at work, and mental or emotional trauma, and some people have a long road of recovery ahead.

Thankfully, it may be possible for victims to file personal injury claims. In such instances, evidence can serve several different purposes.

Relevant laws for a Colorado auto accident

When you suffer injuries in an auto accident that is not your fault, you may face medical, emotional and financial issues. A personal injury claim can help you get the compensation you rightfully deserve.

In order to get the most out of your claim, it is important that you understand what it all entails, especially the laws in Colorado. There is key legislation that may affect your case.

Drinking and driving just became a lot risker

Driving under the influence of alcohol is an unfortunately common occurrence in the Northern Colorado area. In the past, people who were convicted with a DUI may have been able to receive a relatively light punishment. Many first-time and repeat DUI offenders do not realize how dangerous it is for them to drive while under the influence of alcohol or other restricted substances. Law enforcement agencies nationwide are working around the clock to apprehend impaired drivers and discourage motorists from drinking and driving.

One enforcement tactic that makes it more difficult for repeat DUI offenders to dodge accountability is to change the law. But, what you might not know is how the law now handles repeat DUI offenders. People with multiple convictions for drinking and driving can end up with a felony or as a fourth-time DUI offender, where the chances of ending up behind bars or on a work release program are high. 

Key aspects to understand about a Colorado restraining order

The purpose of a restraining order is to protect people from harm or significant loss. However, there are times where citizens try to misuse a restraining order for their own gain.

If you face a restraining order due to false allegations, it may be possible to beat it. To do so, it is important you fully understand what the order entails.