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Colorado law prohibits a person to drive a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs. In Colorado, there is an inference that if a person’s blood alcohol content exceeds 0.05, but is less that 0.08, that a person was impaired while driving. If the BAC is at 0.08 or exceeds this amount, then there is an inference that a person was under the influence while driving. The penalties for DUI/DWAI offenses can be both criminal penalties, which include license suspension, as well as administrative penalties, which can include fines and jail time. Contact me for a free informational DUI/DWAI packet.
Public intoxication violations in Colorado are usually a misdemeanor and can include jail time, fines, probation, and community service. The penalty associated with this crime depends on how disruptive you are to the public.
This area of the law encompasses a wide variety of topics that can include possession, distribution, sale, and manufacturing. The federal government passed the Comprehensive Abuse and Control Act in 1970, which classified controlled substances into five categories. This is what most state laws mirror today. There have been recent changes in Colorado pertaining to marijuana and it is important you understand your rights in this developing area.
In Colorado, there are different degrees of assault a person can be charged with that range from misdemeanors to felonies. Aggravated assault is the most serious, and a person is charged with this when the use of a deadly or dangerous weapon is involved, or if there is intent to rape, maim, or murder.
In Colorado, there are different degrees of theft a person can be charged with that range from misdemeanors to felonies. The degree and punishment depends on the value of the item(s) stolen.
Burglary involves an unlawful entry onto another’s property with the intent to commit a crime. Burglary may be in the first, second or third degree. The punishment may range from a Class 2 to a Class 5 felony, depending on the specific circumstances.
Arson involves damaging or destroying buildings, occupied structures and other property using fire or explosives. Arson crimes range from first to fourth degree, and depending on the severity of the crime, the punishment can range from a misdemeanor to a felony.
Conspiracy results when two or more persons agree to perpetrate an illegal act or commit a crime. Additionally, an overt act in pursuance of that conspiracy must be done by him or her, or by a person with whom he or she conspired.
Embezzlement occurs when one is entrusted with another person’s money or property and steals all or part of that money or property. In Colorado, the punishment for embezzlement depends on the value of the property or money stolen.
Domestic violence occurs when one violently acts or threatens a violent act upon someone with whom the accused has had an intimate relationship. This also includes any crime committed as a means of revenge, punishment, control, coercion, or intimidation. If officers have probable cause to believe that domestic violence was committed, then the officer must arrest the suspect. The punishment for domestic violence can vary from a misdemeanor to a felony, and includes treatment programs and evaluations.
In Colorado, persons accused of committing a criminal act under the age of 18 fall under this category. Colorado, similar to most states, has a juvenile code. The purpose of the juvenile justice system is to rehabilitate young people, rather than punish them.
When one is on probation, one is required to remain law-abiding. Probation laws differ depending on the type of probation given. Failure to comply with the terms of probation may result in the filing of a complaint and a revocation proceeding.