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Protecting family members through the estate planning process

People in Colorado and across the country are often planning for the future. This includes next year's vacation plans or career opportunities. Equally important to plan for, according to several estate planning professionals, is a time when they will no longer be present to make decisions.

It can be appealing to leave creating a will and other related documents for another day. However, estate planning professionals argue about the importance of having these affairs in order, especially if there are children involved. If a person passes away without an estate plan, he or she loses the power of determining how assets will be divided or who will be providing care for any minor children left behind.

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.

What are the hidden financial costs of a DUI?

A driving under the influence offense, also called a DUI, ends up being much more expensive than a simple fine. Although every situation is different, there are many hidden costs that can add to the financial expense.

If this is your first DUI, you face between $600 and $1,000 in fines, between 48 and 96 hours of community service and jail time ranging from five days to one year. This penalty goes up with subsequent offenses.

Common types of DUI crashes

It can be difficult to deal with an arrest for driving under the influence, but it is even more troubling if you are dealing with a DUI arrest due to crashing into another car or object. Many fatalities arise from drunk driving accidents.

Driving under the influence of alcohol accounts for 28 percent off all traffic fatalities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol-impaired driving caused the death of over 10,000 individuals in 2016. What are the most common types of crashes that intoxicated drivers cause?

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Not every step is taken in every case. In fact, many cases are resolved before they reach trial. Even so, you may wish to know all the steps that the case in which you are involved might go through. If you have any questions about the steps involved in a felony case, ask your Right Law Group Lawyer to explain them to you.

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