Attorneys: Thousands of Colorado DUI convictions could be in doubt amid forgery allegations – The Denver Post

Attorneys: Thousands of Colorado DUI convictions could be in doubt amid forgery allegationsGov. Hickenlooper rejects call for an independent investigation of the Intoxilyzer 9000 certificationsBy NOELLE PHILLIPS | nphillips@denverpost.com | The Denver PostPUBLISHED: March 14, 2017 at 7:51 pm | UPDATED: March 15, 2017 at 12:15 pm. Colorado lawyers specializing in drunken-driving cases are questioning the validity of thousands of convictions after a technician who certified the state’s breath-test machines said his signature was forged on more than 100 records in 2013.In addition, a former laboratory director’s signature is still being used on some certificates more than a year after she left the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in July 2015. Those certificates are being used in DUI trials to prove machines were recording accurate blood-alcohol content.“This is the lab we’re asking to go into court and testify to the veracity of their machines,” said Darren Cantor, president of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar. “It really makes me question whether the CDPHE is capable of doing that.”YourHub fileAn Aurora police officer conducts a field sobriety test on a man suspected of drunken driving on Nov. 2, 2012.Gov. John Hickenlooper has rejected a call from the defense bar for an independent investigation into the certification process used for every breath test machine in the state. In an e-mail to The Denver Post this week, the governor’s legal counsel said a thorough review already has been done, and no evidence of misconduct was found.

Source: Attorneys: Thousands of Colorado DUI convictions could be in doubt amid forgery allegations – The Denver Post

So far the judges are leaving this up to the juries.

Law enforcement agencies will be extra alert for DUIs over St. Patrick’s Day weekend – The Denver Post

Law enforcement agencies will be extra alert for DUIs over St. Patrick’s Day weekendIn 2016, 455 drivers were arrested over the St. Patrick’s Day weekendBy DANIKA WORTHINGTON | dworthington@denverpost.com | The Denver PostMarch 9, 2017 at 2:17 pmLaw enforcement will be out in force this weekend, watching for impaired drivers coming and going from St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.Across Colorado, 88 law enforcement agencies will crack down on DUIs starting Friday and ending Monday, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.Last year, 106 law enforcement agencies arrested 455 drivers over the holiday weekend, according to CDOT. Although down from 505 arrests in 2015, the department said the number was still too high.“People need to realize that even one drink can impair your ability to drive,” Colorado State Patrol Chief Col. Scott Hernandez said in a statement. “Troopers are on the lookout for impaired drivers every day, all day, all night, across the entire state. The consequences of driving impaired are not worth the risk.”The department warned that beyond safety risks, a DUI can cost a person more than $13,500 in fines, legal fees and increased insurance costs.To stay safe, the department recommended using ride sharing and breathalyzer apps, including CDOT’s own R-U-Buzzed app that can calculate a user’s estimated blood alcohol content and compare it with the legal limit.

Source: Law enforcement agencies will be extra alert for DUIs over St. Patrick’s Day weekend – The Denver Post

Call 303-332-3602 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if you have been charged with a DWAI, DUI, DUID or MIP on St. Patrick’s day weekend or any other time.

New Tool to Detect Stoned Drivers In Denver Pilot Program

A new tool to help police detect drivers under the influence of illegal drugs was unveiled by the San Diego Police Department. The device, the Drager 5000, will use a sample of saliva to detect drugs in a person’s system. It can detect illegal and prescribed drugs as well. The detection devices will be only one step in determining if someone is driving impaired, and will be used in conjunction with evaluation by officers at the scene as well as blood tests when warranted. DUI Defense Attorney Vik Monder said the test is voluntary. Also, he said because there is not set limitations on the amount of marijuana a person can legally consume before becomming intoxicated, drugged driving cases are difficult to prosecute. He said the evidence often relies on an officer making a subjective decision about how impaired a driver is or is not. Los Angeles Police has used the machines for several years, the chief said, and there is a pilot program going on in Denver, Colorado. It is highly unlikely someone who smoked marijuana days prior to the test would register a result, according to an officer demonstrating the machine.

DUI patrols will be roving St. Patrick’s Holiday weekend | WPMT FOX43

For many Pennsylvanians, St. Patrick’s Day has become a popular “night out” to celebrate with friends and family. Unfortunately, due to the large number of impaired drivers, that “night out” has become very dangerous.In Pennsylvania, impaired driving (being under the influence of alcohol, drugs or a combination of both) remains a top safety issue.

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The same is true for Colorado. Call 303-332-3602 if it happens to you!

I have completed the mandatory chemical evaluation and treatment recommended/required by the courts in MN. Since I will have already served my 3 year cancellation period by December, would CO require the same challenges to me as MN or would the process be the same living in CO vs in MN? I am trying to make things as easy, inexpensive, and least time consuming possible to get everything back to normal.

Colorado would require a 2-year interlock and the license would be restricted to driving interlock-enabled vehicles only.  Any documented use of alcohol while driving would cause a problem obviously with the license.  It’s an advantage to have completed treatment.  Colorado law would not mandate the same challenges as Minnesota.  This is about as inexpensive and expedited a process as you will find anywhere.

My felony offenses was in December 2013 and conviction was before the enactment of felony DUI in Colorado. My previous DUIs were in 2007. I completed outpatient treatment at facility that also offered sober living where I stayed for three months. I do not have any AA documentation or other proof of rehabilitation though I am set to complete probation in August and have been accepted to graduate school in Denver. I am curious as to whether I would be eligible for a license and whether it would require interlock.

Your felonies aren’t applicable in Colorado.   Not having treatment documentation may necessitate taking alcohol classes.  You are definitely eligible for a license hearing.  A license would require at least a 2-year interlock