Grand Junction Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Blog
No one ever wants their child to suffer a serious injury. After such an accident, you may be scared, worried, and angry about what has happened to your child. If the injury occurred due to another person’s negligence, such as a reckless school bus driver or a dog owner, then you may be able to recover compensation for your child through a personal injury claim. However, in order to file a claim, you must first understand the unique legal regulations that govern child injury cases in Colorado.
Most drivers falsely believe that driving under the influence (DUI) charges only apply to alcohol use, but Colorado state law says otherwise. Under Colorado Revised Statute § 42-4-1301, drivers can be charged with a DUI for using either alcohol or drugs while operating a motor vehicle, as well as a combination of drugs and alcohol. Sometimes referred to as a DUID, this crime does not just apply to illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine. In fact, it can apply to prescription medication.
Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of eye injuries in the U.S., as stated in a study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Researchers found an estimated 75,028 eye injuries associated with motor vehicle collisions that occurred in a seven-year period, with rates of injury highest among individuals 15 to 19 years of age. Air bags are a common cause of eye injuries in auto accidents.
In addition to serious criminal penalties and loss of driving privileges, DUI can have immigration consequences. A conviction could harm your immigration status or future prospects. Under certain circumstances, a DUI on your record could cause problems with admissibility or lead to deportation. For these and other reasons, it is important to aggressively defend against DUI charges.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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