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DUI suspected in Colorado crash that injured trooper

Most people would likely agree that police officers and other law enforcement officials put their lives on the line every day when they report to work. As a result, when it is believed that an officer was a victim of a crime, it seems that the general public and law enforcement are determined to hold someone accountable, regardless of the evidence. For example, it is unclear what supports the claim that DUI was involved in an accident that injured a Colorado State Patrol trooper.

The incident happened around 1 a.m. on a day in April. According to reports, a member of the Colorado State Patrol had stopped on Interstate 25 as a result of a disabled vehicle. The trooper's identity has not been released.

Domestic violence: Can it go beyond physical abuse?

Facing any type of accusation can leave a person feeling disconcerted. In some cases, an accusation may come on a relatively minor or even playful level, such as being accused of eating the last piece cake. In other instances, however, a person could face a serious legal predicament if accusations of domestic violence are brought against him or her.

When many Colorado residents think of domestic violence, the first scenario that often jumps to mind is one spouse or partner physically abusing another. However, domestic violence does not just involve physical abuse. As a result, if a person is accused of this type of action, it is important that it is fully understood of what he or she is being accused. For instance, a person may claim that a spouse or partner committed emotional abuse by causing the victim to feel worthless.

Embezzlement claim follows missing money from Colorado store

Running a business takes a great deal of skill and commitment. Even those who want to see a business become successful can easily make a mistake -- especially if that person has multiple job responsibilities -- that could look suspicious to others. Unfortunately, a man in Colorado is now charged with embezzlement after law enforcement officials claim that that he stole money from his employer, a business that he originally owned.

The incident involves a liquor store. The man now accused and a partner reportedly bought the business in 2016. However, because the former reportedly has a criminal history, reports claim that he was unable to obtain a liquor license, prompting him to seek out his business partner's mother about buying him out. The woman ultimately agreed to do so. However, the man stayed on as an employee of the business.

Does an arrest automatically mean formal criminal charges?

Being taken into custody can throw anyone's life off track. If you, like most other Colorado residents, do not have an in-depth understanding of criminal law, you may automatically feel that you are on your way to facing dire consequences. However, numerous steps go into a criminal case, and it is not always guaranteed that an arrest will lead to formal charges.

An officer believing he or she has reason to arrest you and subsequently take you into custody is typically where a criminal case begins, and while that may certainly be a nerve-wracking experience for you, your case may have a long way to go. From the moment an officer places you under arrest, you may find it useful to consider seeking legal assistance.

Police accuse driver of DUI in crash that injured 2

Many drivers in Colorado would likely report having more difficulty seeing at night. When this limited visibility is combined with fatigue and flashing lights, it is easy to see how a driver could easily become disoriented. Unfortunately, law enforcement officers may be quick to assume that an accident under such circumstances is the result of a driver who is DUI rather than a relatively simple oversight.

In fact, police claim that DUI was a factor in a recent car accident that reportedly sent two police officers to the hospital. According to reports, one officer was conducting a traffic stop during the early morning hours of a day in February.  A second officer reportedly arrived at the scene to provide extra protection for the first.

DUI suspected in Colorado crash that sent 1 to hospital

Car accidents can happen at any moment for a variety of different reasons. Even a slight miscalculation can have devastating consequences. Unfortunately, a woman who was recently involved in a crash in Colorado is now suspected of DUI.

The incident happened around 5:15 p.m. on a day in mid-February. Reports claim that the driver of a southbound sports utility vehicle was driving erratically and speeding just prior to the accident. Police say that the 28-year-old driver allowed the SUV to drift off the road where it struck a curb. The SUV then rolled before crashing into the rear of a parked vehicle.

Remember your right to remain silent when questioned about DUI

Because you are a reasonable adult, you understand that police officers have a job to do. However, you may understandably wonder in certain cases whether an officer has carried out his or her duties correctly or whether an officer suspects you of a crime when you have done nothing wrong. If an officer starts asking you a number of questions, you may feel like a suspect.

You may experience this feeling if a police officer stops your vehicle and questions your sobriety. In fact, the officer may ask you questions that seem unrelated to drinking and driving, but the possibility exists that he or she is still trying to gather evidence against you for a possible DUI. In this type of scenario, you may want to remember your right to remain silent.

Colorado police: Motor vehicle collision was intentional assault

A car collision can happen for a variety of different reasons. A driver could become momentarily distracted or attempt to maneuver around obstacles and lose control, for example. Despite the variety of different accidental causes for a collision, a Colorado State Patrol officer has accused a man of intentional assault after an accident.

The incident happened on a night in late January. Reports claim that the officer was parked on the shoulder of a Colorado road when another motorist informed him that a driver in a pickup truck struck the guardrail just behind the officer. The officer then attempted to reverse to the location of the accident while still on the shoulder.

Colorado traffic accident leads to DUI charge

There are multiple distractions while driving. Something as simple as changing the radio station can be all it takes to distract a driver. Unfortunately, it may be easy to assume that an accident was the result of a driver who is under the influence of alcohol. For example, a man was recently charged with DUI, among other charges, after he was reportedly involved in a traffic accident in Colorado.

The incident that led to the charges against the man reportedly happened around 3:30 p.m. on a day in January. According to reports, a 47-year-old male driver lost control of his vehicle while driving on a Colorado roadway. Unfortunately, the vehicle allegedly jumped a median and crossed into oncoming traffic.

What is the difference between DWAI and DUI in Colorado?

Two terms that can come up in connection to allegations of drunk driving here in Colorado are DUI and DWAI. It is important to note that these terms are not interchangeable. Rather they describe two separate types of offenses under Colorado law.

DWAI stands for driving while ability impaired. Under state law, driving while alcohol or a drug is affecting, in the slightest degree, one’s ability to drive safely is DWAI. State law specifies that a driver testing with a BAC of at least 0.05 but below 0.08 creates a “permissible inference” of DWAI.

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