Grand Junction Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Blog
When you get into a car as a passenger, you are putting your life in the hands of the driver, as well as in the hands of the other drivers on the road. Sadly, drivers are not always responsible. There are always a few out on the roadways who have been drinking, who want to text their friends, or who just cannot keep their eyes open.
If you have been involved in a serious accident as a passenger, you may be searching for who to hold liable for your injuries. Thankfully, the liable party may be easier to find than you realize.
If you watch the news or legal dramas, then you are likely already aware that crimes are sorted into one of two categories: misdemeanors or felonies. What crime gets what label may seem arbitrary to you. That may be, but the truth is, there are some key differences in misdemeanors and felonies, which carry over to the penalties that the defendants will be facing.
After being arrested or convicted of a crime, you may be keen to have your criminal record washed clean. After all, that record can have a severe impact on your ability to get a job, find a place to live, or receive benefits from public assistance programs. In your research to determine how to get rid of a rap sheet, you may have stumbled upon the phrases “sealing” and “expunging.” Both sound promising for your needs, but what is the difference between them, and which would serve you better?
Commercial trucks carry goods from place to place. Without them, our country’s economy would fall apart. We all rely on tractor-trailers for our food, clothes, and even our gasoline. However, the sad truth is that this service comes at a high cost. Truck cargo can be, and often is, incredibly dangerous, especially when truckers are lazy or reckless. After a cargo spill, the worst part is that the people who face the consequences will be the innocent bystanders, not the parties actually responsible for the spill.
Whenever someone in Colorado is arrested or convicted, the crime is noted in their criminal record. These records are accessible to police officers, as well as the public, meaning anyone can do a little digging and find out about your past mistakes. This can make it very difficult for people to move from their arrests and convictions, as the record can impact their ability to get a job, get housing, or even pursue higher education. People with criminal histories are, unfortunately, often discriminated against. That is why sealing your record may be to your benefit.
Insurance companies market themselves as caring about their clients’ well-being. After all, we turn to our insurance providers for help with covering medical costs, damage to our cars, and even for the health of our pets. Insurance can be a lifesaver, and insurance companies want to make sure you know that.
However, when it comes time to file a claim, you may be shocked to discover that the insurance company you speak to is not just reluctant to offer compensation, but is pulling every trick in the book to get you to agree to as small of a settlement as possible.
In a miss-and-run accident, there is no contact between the vehicle that causes the crash and the injured party’s vehicle, and there is no way to identify the at-fault driver. It is very similar to a hit-and run-accident, when the at-fault driver leaves the scene. The main difference is the lack of contact between the two vehicles.
For example, a driver performing an improper lane change could cut you off, forcing you to swerve to avoid hitting that vehicle. While that driver continues on his way, your swerve, made necessary by the other driver’s actions, could result in a collision with another vehicle. By the time the police arrive, the “phantom driver” who caused the accident is long gone, and there is no way to file a claim against that driver’s insurance company.
Dangerous drugs are classified in different categories (called schedules), according to their abuse or dependency potential and accepted medical uses. These schedules are used by law enforcement for the purposes of classifying crimes and imposing penalties. Each state has its own schedules of controlled substances. Most states, including Colorado, model their schedules on the federal schedules, as listed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
When you buy a new car or a new car part, you expect the machine to work as is advertised. After all, it is brand new. What could possibly go wrong? Sadly, when it comes to poorly manufactured parts or vehicles, everything could go wrong. From defective brakes to popped tires, that new car could fall apart within months of a purchase and cause a catastrophic accident. When that happens, the party responsible should be held liable for their negligence.
Colorado has, once again, taken a step forward in the fight to end drug abuse. What the Coloradan legislature has recognized is that charging every alleged drug user with a felony won’t help anyone, and it certainly won’t help the user. That is why the use and possession of small amounts of Schedule I and II drugs are no longer considered felonies.
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.