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Assault charges filed after fatal DUI accident

Last weekend in Colorado Springs, an accident involving four young people, two men and two women, almost ended very tragically. The people involved are lucky to be alive, although at least one of them is seriously injured. Now, the driver faces serious criminal charges that could affect the rest of his life, including DUI and vehicular assault charges.

Colorado police must follow the law when taking a blood draw

The last two posts in this blog discussed how officers in Colorado Springs may or may not collect blood for later use in a DWI case. The evidence that police obtain from a blood sample is critical to the prosecution of a drunk driving charge, for it can provide objective evidence as to whether a suspect's blood alcohol content was over the legal limit. Likewise, a blood test can sometimes prove whether or not a person was under the influence of illegal drugs.

Additional information on hospital blood draws

Last week's post made an important distinction with respect to blood alcohol tests that happen at a Colorado Springs hospital but that wind up being used as evidence in a Colorado DUI case. The key distinction is that prosecutors can subpoena blood draws after the fact when those bloods draws were done without police involvement.

New Colorado DUI law leads to more felony arrests

A new law in Colorado that makes multiple offenses for DUI a felony has now been in force in Colorado for several weeks. Although police and prosecutors are starting to notice more arrests on felony DUI charges, the law does not seem to have completely eliminated the problem of repeat drunk driving in Colorado.

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