Grand Junction Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Blog

How Safe are Moving Trucks?

By Peters & Nolan, LLC on August 17, 2021

A fully loaded commercial truck can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. The sheer size and weight of the vehicle means it requires far more distance to come to a full stop, and semi-truck drivers must be experienced, alert, and have driving such a large, heavy vehicle under control. An accident with a large commercial truck often leads to serious, catastrophic, or fatal injuries to other drivers and their passengers – much more rarely, the truck driver is injured. When sharing the road with commercial trucks, any driver of a regular vehicle must be on high alert – it is that dangerous.

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Posted in: Truck Accidents

Can I Get Probation for a Domestic Violence Charge?

By Peters & Nolan, LLC on August 10, 2021

Colorado law allows for alternative sentencing for some domestic violence convictions. A person who is convicted of a domestic violence offense may have the opportunity to avoid jail time altogether, or serve less time, by completing the terms of probation.

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Posted in: Domestic Violence

Liability in Mesa County Dog Parks

By Peters & Nolan, LLC on July 26, 2021

Mesa County is home to dozens of serene parks, great places to get lost in on a morning jog or evening bike ride. Throughout spring and summer, our parks fill up with family parties and barbeques as we all try to enjoy the fresh air. Our county is also home to several dog parks, where owners take their furry friends to get some exercise while they socialize with other owners. However, dog owners should never let their guard down, even in off-leash areas, as it is very easy for a dog to get territorial and bite an innocent pedestrian who was just trying to enjoy the park.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

Do Drugs Ever Change Schedules?

By Peters & Nolan, LLC on July 19, 2021

Since the 1980s, the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) has outlined strict guidelines to determine which drugs are illegal and which a person can possess or use with a prescription. In general, most states follow the federal standards for classification in their drugs laws, but also have the authority to modify them where they see fit. Colorado (and Washington) made history in 2012 when our state decided to legalize marijuana for recreational use, and many other states have followed suit since then.

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Posted in: Drug Crimes

Receiving an Accident Report After a Car Accident

By Peters & Nolan, LLC on June 30, 2021

A police report can hold a lot of weight in a car accident claim. It can provide key details about how your collision occurred and who is responsible for paying you compensation. If you were injured by a negligent driver, it is important to secure this document as soon as possible and review it with an experienced lawyer.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Entering a Diversion Program in Mesa County

By Peters & Nolan, LLC on June 24, 2021

The state of Colorado has some of the most complex laws surrounding drug crimes and DUIs. Here in Mesa County, a defendant may be confused about the consequences of his arrest and what options are available to him. Despite our state requiring hefty penalties for convictions, our courts still offer several alternatives to jail. A diversion program or alternative sentencing program may allow you to avoid time behind bars while also learning new skills and how to avoid becoming a repeat offender.

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Posted in: Criminal Defense

Identifying an Infected Injury After an Accident

By Peters & Nolan, LLC on May 20, 2021

Cuts and lacerations come about in many forms. Blunt force trauma. Road rash. Contact with shrapnel like broken glass, or bent and broken vehicle frames. Compound fractures where broken bones push through the skin. Split lacerations, which occur when a part of the body is crushed between two objects, compressing and tearing the skin.

These injuries are common after car crashes, motorcycle collisions, and many other accidents. But they also have an added danger: with an open wound in the skin, harmful bacteria can enter the body, leading to a potentially serious infection.

After you have suffered a severe laceration, it is crucial to be on alert for the symptoms of infection.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Can I Take My Gun Through a National Forest?

By Peters & Nolan, LLC on May 20, 2021

The laws surrounding firearms in Colorado are complex, with gun owners having to fulfill specific registration requirements and guidelines to legally transport their weapons. Making a mistake could easily lead to a criminal charge, but you should never forget your rights, especially if you are a hunter.

You are allowed to carry a firearm while visiting a National Forest in Colorado, but you must comply with federal regulations in addition to state laws. Specific rules apply to where firearms can be discharged or transported within National Parks, as detailed by the Colorado State Patrol, and the attorneys at Peters & Nolan, LLC, have broken them down below.

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Posted in: Criminal Defense

Understanding Colorado’s Homicide Laws

By Peters & Nolan, LLC on April 22, 2021

Murder and manslaughter are both crimes that involve the taking of another human life, but the line between the two can become blurred in a criminal case. In Colorado courts, the crime of manslaughter carries a lighter sentence than the crime of murder. Let’s see why.

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Posted in: Criminal Defense

Police Pullovers: Why You Need to Know Your Rights

By Peters & Nolan, LLC on April 8, 2021

If you are driving on a public road in Colorado, a police officer can pull you over. This happens to most people sooner or later, often for something simple like a busted taillight or an expired registration sticker. Even when you have already had the experience, those flashing lights in your rearview mirror can still cause an adrenaline rush. When this happens, it is important to know that you have rights and remember what they are. Trust us, you should always protect yourself.

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Posted in: Criminal Defense

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