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Could you face a criminal charge for aggressive driving?

If you spend any time at all in traffic, especially during rush hour, you would not be surprised to see people lose their patience behind the wheel. You might be one of them occasionally, as well. It is understandable that driving can be frustrating, especially if you are stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic or someone has cut you off or nearly caused an accident with you by failing to pay attention. However, you and other Colorado residents may want to take note – some types of driving might result in accidents and could land you in legal hot water.

Aggressive driving is not an uncommon occurrence. According to the American Safety Council, 66 percent of fatal traffic accidents are the result of driver aggression. Those who lose their tempers while driving and target others may be charged with a criminal offense. However, you do not have to be deliberately trying to hurt someone to find yourself facing traffic charges. You might get a ticket for a traffic violation or even a criminal charge for the following behaviors:

  • Tailgating other drivers or aggressively swerving around them to cut them off
  • Engaging in a high-speed chase with another driver or trying to run someone off the road
  • Recklessly switching back and forth between lanes
  • Speeding and running red lights or stop signs
  • Failing to yield the right of way for pedestrians or to stop for school buses

What you should know about DUI charges in Denver

A charge of driving under the influence in the state of Colorado is nothing to take lightly. Colorado takes drunk driving seriously and has even recently put a new law in place to make the penalties for drunk driving harsher. 

Especially if you are a first-time offender and have never faced drunk driving charges in Colorado before, you should begin to inform yourself about your rights and how you can defend them under the law. Learning about DUI law and the risks of a DUI conviction in Colorado can help you decide how to best proceed in your case.

Why would a police officer pull you over for a possible DUI?

It is rarely enjoyable, if ever enjoyable at all, to have a police officer pull you over. Sometimes, the officer even asks, "Why do you think I pulled you over?" In general, it is best to decline to answer such questions and others. The less you say, the more options you probably have down the road.

That said, "Why did the officer pull me over?" is indeed a question you may be asking yourself.

When speed can amount to recklessness

Reckless driving in Colorado can include many forms of operating a vehicle that are unsafe. It does not have to mean a driver was weaving all over the road.

An act of reckless driving also does not have to imply driving up on sidewalks or colliding into buildings. It does not even have to entail crashing into other vehicles or injuring third parties. It does not even have to entail illegal street racing to be reckless driving.

4 ways to beat a DUI

A surprising number of DUI arrests do not result in a conviction. A significant number of DUI charges are dismissed or reduced to non-alcohol driving offenses, and in a few cases that go to trial, not guilty verdicts are returned. That's why you should never decide to plead guilty to driving under the influence until you have spoken with an attorney.

In this blog post, we will discuss four DUI defense strategies that could produce a positive outcome.

What happens if you refuse a breath test?

You may have heard it said that it's good to refuse a Breathalyzer if you are suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. After all, taking a breath test could end up only giving law enforcement the definitive proof it needs to seek a DUI conviction.

Whether or not you should blow isn't the point of this article. What you should know, however, is that Colorado has fairly strict consequences if you choose to exercise your right to refuse a breath test. Here are just a few of them.

3 Clarifications on Colorado's drugged driving laws

This week, California became the eighth state to legally allow the recreational use of marijuana. Colorado of course made history by legalizing pot back in 2012, though the law didn't go into effect until January 2014. Still, four years is long enough that many have come to tolerate, if not exactly accept, the reality of legalization in Colorado.

However, this familiarity can also lead to uncertainty or even misinformation about Colorado's laws governing marijuana use, particularly those governing drugged driving. How similar are drugged driving laws to DUI laws? Turns out, they are very similar. Below are three clarifications on Colorado's stance to driving while under the influence of marijuana.

A traffic ticket is no big deal, right?

Criminal charges are one thing, but a traffic ticket for something such as an illegal turn or speeding is no big deal, right? After all, you are not facing something such as a DUI, and going to jail is unlikely. You may have to pay some money, but that is probably it.

Not so fast, though. On the surface, a traffic violation may seem minor, but it can end up a serious matter, especially if you accumulate a few in a short time.

Why your friend's DUI outcome is not necessarily yours

It could be that you have a friend or relative who was arrested on DUI charges in circumstances similar to yours. Perhaps the outcome was good, so you think yours will probably be too. Or maybe the outcome of that case was negative, so you feel discouraged about your chances.

Here is a word of advice: Do not let your friend's case, good or bad, influence how you feel about yours because each situation is unique. Even if what you see as the important particulars are the same, chances are there are nuances you have not thought of and that can greatly affect the case.

Substance abuse is more than just a legal problem

Substance abuse in Colorado can certainly lead to grave legal problems. These legal dilemmas include the drug crimes themselves. However, drug involvement can also lead to other crimes, such as theft, if the abuse has turned into addiction. It can also destroy a person's health and wellness.

The Colorado Attorney General recognizes that substance abuse is not only a law enforcement issue, but a very serious health issue as well. The state seeks to grow prevention as well as intervention to help conquer this public health crisis.

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