Grand Junction Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Blog
Family relationships can be complicated, even at the best of times. Unfortunately, a family dispute that escalates can bring severe consequences. The police may arrive at your home if called by a member of your household, a neighbor, or another person who heard a loud argument. Once law enforcement arrives at your door, one of the parties could be facing a domestic violence charge.
Colorado was the first of ten states and Washington, D.C., to legalize marijuana for recreational use, but it has never been allowed on the road. Under CRS 42-4-1301 of the Colorado Code, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal. It does not matter if the drug is illegal, prescription, over-the-counter, or legal for recreational use, as in the case of marijuana.
In May 2019, voters in Denver chose to decriminalize psychedelic psilocybin mushrooms. Initiative 301, which made arrests for possession of “magic mushrooms” the lowest law enforcement priority in the city and county, passed with a narrow 50.5% of the vote. For nearly 50 years, psilocybin has been classified as a Schedule I drug. This legislation mimics Denver’s vote to decriminalize cannabis in 2005.
It’s no secret that impaired driving puts you at greater risk of being involved in an accident, as your motor skills and reaction times are greatly reduced. Therefore, it is a violation of the law in the State of Colorado to drive with a blood alcohol level in excess of .05% or when your ability to drive is impaired by alcohol, drugs or a combination of both so that you are less able to safely drive – even to the slightest degree.
It’s easy enough to explain the difference between vehicular assault and vehicular homicide in Colorado: to be charged with vehicular homicide, someone must have died. But in other respects, the two crimes are similar. Both are almost always charged in relation to driving under the influence or while impaired by alcohol, or driving under the influence of drugs (DUID).
Being involved in an auto accident is stressful under any circumstances, but even more so when you are out of state, in an unfamiliar area. After the wreck, you may be wondering about your car insurance – are you still covered outside your state of residence, and is your minimum liability coverage adequate?
What do karate, Guam, and the Department of Revenue and Taxation all have in common?
Perhaps you’ve heard the old line, possibly from a movie, that goes something like: “I’m a trained karate expert. My hands and feet are registered as deadly weapons.”
With Valentine’s Day waiting right around the corner, it’s time to panic, and throw in some last-minute planning as to how you’re going to spend that special day with that special someone.
Here in Western Colorado, nothing could be more romantic than an evening surrounded by the magnificent splendor of the red rock cliffs and mesas that embrace Colorado’s breathtaking wine country. A fine dinner with an exquisite bottle of wine and maybe a little dancing are the ingredients for a memorable evening with your sweetie.
But don’t get too carried away on the vino, Romeo. It’s easy to let the love in the air impair your judgment, and that can lead to indulging in perhaps a bit more wine than you and your honey expected. And the fact that a lot of folks get a little tipsy around dinnertime on February 14th is not lost on local law officials.
“I was just bringing in the groceries when all of a sudden, bam! I was on my back, howling in pain.”
“I was standing on the porch, waving goodbye to the kids, then all of a sudden, bam! I was on my back and howling in pain.”
“I have no idea what happened. I just opened the door, got out of the car like I normally do, then bam! I was on my back, howling in pain.”
Who or what is this mysterious force leaving Coloradans on their posteriors, shouting out with discomfort?
The holidays have arrived, and with them, holiday traffic. The period from Thanksgiving to New Year tends to be the busiest time of year on our state’s roads, and that means more accidents. It also means there’s a greater risk of DUI arrests, even in a small community like Grand Junction.
At Peters & Nolan, LLC, we understand firsthand how devastating a DUI conviction can be. Driving under the influence should be avoided at all costs, but if you or a loved one has been charged with DUI, it’s imperative to have someone on your side who can advocate on your behalf.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.
- October 16, 2019
When a Dispute Gets Ugly: Facing a Domestic Violence Accusation
- September 30, 2019
Does Marijuana Lead to More Crashes?
- September 25, 2019
Taking Mushrooms from Denver to Grand Junction