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Colorado's reckless driving laws

Driving in a dangerous manner can cause you to face fines and jail time. In Colorado, reckless driving is a class two misdemeanor. You may receive a conviction for reckless driving if you operate a vehicle with an intentional disregard for the safety of other people or property.

Some examples of reckless driving include driving at excessive speeds, playing a game of "chicken" or cutting off other vehicles while speeding. 

The difference between misdemeanor and felony DUIs

Authorities recently held a DUI enforcement event where police arrested hundreds of people for driving under the influence of alcohol. Colorado Springs had the most citations, with 174. Denver was a close second, with 170 citations. 

Most of these people received misdemeanor DUI charges. While it does not sound overly serious, even a misdemeanor charge comes with serious consequences that can follow a person for years. It is vital for drivers to understand the differences between a misdemeanor and felony DUI so that if they ever end up with one, they will know what type of defense would be best to create. 

Should you sleep it off in your car to avoid a DUI?

It is paramount for drivers of all ages to learn the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol. First responders recently went to a local high school to simulate a drunk driving accident to teach teens the dangers of driving while intoxicated during prom season. 

You have plenty of options to get home if you consume too much alcohol to drive. You can call an Uber or utilize public transportation. A friend or family member can also pick you up. A lot of people consider the benefits of sleeping it off in their cars until they feel sober enough to drive again. However, you can actually get a DUI through this even though the cops did not catch you driving. It all comes down to having physical control of the vehicle. 

What to do if one spouse does not cooperate with mediation?

When most couples divorce, they keep their eyes on the endgame. They may already think about where they want to live once they sell the house or how they will refinance their car following divorce proceedings. 

The state of Colorado requires all couples to go through mediation before proceeding with the divorce. That does not necessarily mean your spouse will go through the mediation willingly. He or she may put up a fight, and it is vital to know how to deal with this kind of spouse. 

Key aspects of parental kidnapping in Colorado

A parent's bond with a child is a special type of relationship that parents often seek to protect. Unfortunately, during and after divorce or separation, parents may feel that the other party is compromising this relationship.

This may lead to parental issues, which may result in drastic actions such as one parent keeping a child away from another parent or trying to maintain more time with the child. In such instances, a parental kidnapping charge may arise, and it is important to understand a few key aspects about this particular charge.

Why is a prenuptial agreement beneficial?

Nothing brings out a firestorm before a marriage than talk of a prenuptial agreement. Whether the talk is between the future spouses or their families and friends, the idea of preparing for a divorce before a marriage occurs is morbid to many.

In today's world, planning for the worst and hoping for the best is a hallmark. The insurance business thrives on this fundamental approach, so why is something like a prenuptial agreement so horrible to consider? When deciding if this document is right for your situation, take note of what it can and cannot do.

New Colorado laws you should know about

If you want to stay on the right side of the law, it is necessary to know the law. However, the fact that laws frequently change and new laws come into effect can make it difficult to stay up to date. For example, there are multiple new laws in Colorado as of Jan. 1, 2019.

These new statutes and policies cover a wide range of subjects, from beer sales to driver's licenses for immigrants. Here is what you should know about the new Colorado laws.

Myths about divorce mediation

As you may already know, Colorado law requires mediation for divorcing couples. This requirement is in place to try to make divorces as peaceful as possible. While you may think that is a good idea for other people, you may also believe some misconceptions and myths about mediation that make you skeptical of the process. 

The truth is that mediation does not work for every couple. Some divorces end up in litigation. But mediating your divorce may work for you and come with a variety of emotional and financial benefits. Take a look at the common misunderstandings about mediation and why they are debunked. 

3 ways you could lose your driver's license

Driving is such a daily part of your life that you may forget it is a privilege, not a right. It only takes one mistake to lose this privilege.

Knowing how you could lose your license can help you avoid the situation, or know how to gain back driving abilities. These are three ways your license can be at risk.

Essential elements of a business contract

If you are thinking about starting a business in the Northern Colorado area but have yet to put your plans in motion, you may want to pause before moving forward. Though your venture may still be in the formation stages, it is imperative to know what to include in your business contracts. When structured properly, contracts prevent hassles and delays in the delivery of goods and services rendered. When it comes to business disputes and misunderstandings, the contract outlines the course of action all parties should take to resolve them.

A contract is an enforceable agreement. A poorly constructed contract can spell disaster. Before signing one, review the following key elements of a business contract.

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