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Colorado Bail Bonds – what happens after you are arrested

Colorado Bail Bonds You have just been arrested – you call your friend or family member, but what happens?  What do you need to do?  What should you tell them?  Your first thought is probably, how can I get out of jail?  This post is to provide some information about arrests and release from custody […]

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FOURTH AMENDMENT DISALLOWS WARRANTLESS BLOOD DRAW IN DUI CASES

FOURTH AMENDMENT DISALLOWS WARRANTLESS BLOOD DRAW IN DUI CASES The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that the police could not conduct a warrantless blood draw in a routine DUI investigation.  In Missouri v. McNeely, the court held that “ in drunk-driving investigations, the natural dissipation of alcohol in the bloodstream does not constitute an exigency […]

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DUI Field Sobriety Tests Typically Given in Colorado

Standard DUI Field Sobriety Tests YOU can refuse to complete any DUI Field Sobriety Test or Roadside tests.  You are being asked to complete the test to help the officer build enough probable cause to arrest you for driving under the suspension of drugs and/or alcohol.  For more information on DUI charges in Colorado, visit […]

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Colorado DUI stops- what you have to know

Typically Colorado DUI Stops Involve Stages Stage One Colorado DUI:  traffic stop The traffic stop must begin with you doing something wrong.  The officer MUST have articulable reason to pull you over.  This can range from a traffic violation such as speeding or weaving to a defective license plate. The point is there must be […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Ruled Dog Search Around Home without a Search Warrant Unconstitutional

Search warrants are required before officers can allow a trained dog to sniff around your home.  Without a search warrant it is a violation of your fourth Amendment Rights. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Florida v. Jardines, which affirmed a Fourth Amendment Right to be secure from unreasonable search […]

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Colorado Ignition Interlock Devise

Colorado Ignition Interlock devises Ignition Interlock is a devise that is installed in each car that you drive to prohibit operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.  Prior to starting the vehicle you are required to provide a breath sample, if elevated levels of alcohol is detected the car will not start.  As you […]

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Do I Face Jail Time for DUI in Colorado

Will I go to jail for a DUI; what are Colorado DUI penalties Each DUI charge in Colorado has a statutory minimum and maximum amount of jail time for DUI.  Depending on the facts of your case, all or part of the time could be suspended.  In addition, you may apply for alternate sentencing programs […]

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If I Missed a Court Date, Could I have Arrest Warrants in Colorado?

 Could I have arrest Warrants in Colorado if I don’t appear at a court hearing? Yes, if you fail to appear at any court date for any reason arrest warrants may be issued.  Depending on the severity of your case and the type of release you were on, you may have to spend significant time […]

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Colorado DUI Laws and Charges

There are three separate Colorado DUI laws that could be charged in a given DUI prosecution.  The standard of proof for each Colorado DUI law is different.  This post explains the three main Colorado DUI laws.  If you or a loved one are charged with DUI, find out more about the state’s burden of proof […]

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Alcohol Breath Test / Alcohol Blood Test in Colorado

When am I required to submit to an alcohol breath test or alcohol blood test in Colorado? If you are arrested for suspected DUI in Colorado, you must submit to an alcohol blood test or alcohol breath test. Colorado vehicle code requires you to consent to either an alcohol blood test or alcohol breath test, […]

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