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A personal breathalyzer lets you check your ability to drive

The Colorado Department of Transportation joined with BACtrack, a company that produces personal breathalyzers, to provide breathalyzers to DUI offenders. The goal of the experiment is to gauge how effective personal breathalyzers are in stopping people who have been drinking alcohol from getting behind the wheel.

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DUI charges - not just because of alcohol

When you think of a criminal charge for driving under the influence, you may automatically think of alcohol. Of course, alcohol impairs your driving in the following ways:

  • Loss of self-control
  • Deterioration of judgment
  • Lack of coordination
  • Slow reaction times
  • Worsening vision and hearing

Drunk driving is certainly illegal. However, it is not the only substance that leads to DUI arrests and convictions. Here are some other ways you can face DUI charges.

Top mistakes when buying commercial property

Whether you are just starting your business or expanding an existing one, purchasing commercial property can play a major part in furnishing premises or serving as an investment. Buying the right property can deliver solid returns.

Negotiating and finalizing the contract can include several pitfalls that may cause problems if you are not careful. In particular, several key areas deserve your close attention throughout the process.

Concerns to keep in mind about divorce before getting married

If you are contemplating marriage in Northern Colorado, now you probably cannot imagine a time when you may want to leave your partner. But relationships are not always sunshine and flowers. When such a time comes, leaving may seem like the better option for you.

Because divorce is often a difficult process, it is better not to wait until the situation happens to learn how to manage it. Use the following pointers to create a plan for divorce and keep things from potentially getting out of hand financially. 

Can mediation work in a high-asset divorce?

High-asset divorces involve couples with a net worth that goes above average, usually involving a complex portfolio of property, investments, bank accounts and other financial holdings. Couples with high net worth who face divorce have an added complication in that the division of their assets will likely be a difficult and challenging process.

In some cases, couples are able to come to negotiated agreements without resorting to the courtroom. Although not all high-asset divorces are good candidates for a mediation process, those that are will benefit in several ways. Here is some information about how mediation may work in your high-asset divorce:

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.

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