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IS THE TEXTALYZER REALLY COMING TO COLORADO?

You know that there is a breathalyzer that tells law enforcement if you have been drinking. The breathalyzer is used to assess the level of alcohol in your body and determine if you were legally intoxicated while operating a vehicle.

However, one thing that you may not have heard of – but will soon – is the Textalyzer.

Right now, New York is considering the first-time use of a device that lets police officers check drivers’ phones to see if they were distracted at the time of a motor vehicle accident. This tool would help law enforcement develop a better system for determining if the driver was texting or talking, and could possibly deter others from doing the same in the future.

The system was developed by a company working closely with the FBI to help with the San Bernardino shooter’s phone. Now, local law enforcement could use the device to obtain information about distracted driving incidents without accessing other digital information stored on that device.

The founder of the company behind the idea said that when he heard there was no such device, he felt compelled to make one. After all, distracted driving is a growing concern throughout the country, and if more motorists knew there were severe consequences for driving distracted, they might not be as inclined to use their phones.

THE CONSEQUENCES OF NEW YORK STATE FOLLOW THROUGH

If the state of New York does implement the Textalyzer, it will become a model of legislation for other states, and Colorado is likely to follow suit. Motorists who do not comply with the texting and driving bans must give up their driver’s licenses, just as those who choose to drink and drive. After all, Colorado and other states have the implied consent rule for drinking and driving.

Colorado already has some of the strictest distracted driving laws, and the state is currently working on adding more to deter drivers from using their phones while operating a vehicle. A driver under the age of 18 could face a fine for a first-time offense and higher fines for each offense thereafter. Adults have similar penalties, but adults are only fined when texting – not when talking on their phone.

THE ISSUE OF DISTRACTED DRIVING

Incidents of drunken driving on declining across the country, particularly since states have enacted harsher penalties for those who repeatedly offend. However, many more individuals are now texting compared to just ten years ago. Already, thousands lose their lives because of texting and driving, or from another form of distracted driving.

Most importantly, no one seems to act against distracted drivers. Most adults put themselves at risk of an accident just by using their phones while behind the wheel. While most assume that teens are the habitual offenders, adults are also guilty of using their phones while driving.
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WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE OUTCOMES TO MY DUI CASE?

A DUI charge is a severe charge. Not only are there the short-term consequences of a conviction, but you also have the long-term effects. The strict penalties imposed by the courts, even for first-time offenders, can affect you for the rest of your life.

While no one can predict the future, including your attorney, some factors might influence the outcome of your case – and they are critical to know.

FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE THE OUTCOME OF A DUI CASE

History of DUI Offenses – If you have previous DUI convictions, then you may receive harsher penalties for your subsequent offenses.

Furthermore, you may qualify for the Colorado DUI felony enhancement, which could dramatically change the outcome of your case.

Passengers – If you had passengers in your vehicle, including children, the penalties are much more severe.

Vehicle – The type of vehicle you were driving will also determine the outcome. A commercial vehicle or semi-truck will yield a harsher penalty if you are convicted.

Other Citations and Violations – You might have been arrested for a DUI, or perhaps other violations, like reckless driving or causing a car accident and injuring victims.

EXPLORING THE OUTCOMES OF YOUR PENDING DUI CASE

There are potential outcomes of a DUI case, and these depend on the evidence the prosecution has against you and your quality of defense. If you have injured someone or have other offenses, you could be convicted of a felony and serve a longer prison sentence.

However, there are a few outcomes possible, and you and your attorney must discuss these possible outcomes to see which are likely for your particular DUI case:

Convicted of a DUI in Court – You might be convicted of a DUI in court, especially if you forgo plea bargains and opt to try the case. Depending on the evidence against you, it may go quickly.

Plea Bargain – You could strike a deal with the prosecution for a reduction in charges or reduced sentence. While you might plead guilty, you might do so to something other than a DUI – which can protect your driving record.

Probation instead of Jail Time – First-time offenders might not spend time in jail; instead, they will receive probation instead of a jail sentence. While you are still convicted, you can go to work and live your life with few restrictions.

Acquitted or Charges Dropped – The courts might find you not guilty of the offense, or the charges might be dropped based on evidence and arguments presented by your defense attorney.

FOR THE BEST OUTCOME, SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY

If you have been arrested for a DUI, it is imperative you contact a criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible. The sooner your attorney gets involved, the better the outcome of your case might be.
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5 WAYS TO TELL IF YOU HAVE HAD TOO MUCH TO DRINK

A DUI in Colorado, even as a first-time offender, comes with harsh penalties. In fact, a first-time DUI can lead to up to one year in jail and up to two years of probation. You will also encounter fines, probation, and public service requirements.

The administrative penalties for a DUI are equally harsh, including a driver’s license suspension. If you have subsequent DUIs on your record, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device (IID) before you can reinstate your driver’s license.

A revoked driver’s license prevents you from driving to and from work, or even running daily errands.

To avoid all these penalties, you should be aware of when it is time to call a cab or ask a friend for a ride home. Sometimes, telling if you are impaired is not easy, so consider the five signs you should avoid driving.

COUNT THE NUMBER OF DRINKS

The number of drinks you consume is a baseline for how impaired you might be. For example, two alcohol beverages can bring you up to 0.02 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Three drinks push you to 0.05 percent. Naturally, your body weight and metabolism play a role in how quickly you metabolize those drinks, but it is a good starting point.

YOU CANNOT STAND UP OR HAVE POOR BALANCE

As you walk across the room, assess your balance. Can you stand still or do you feel like the room is swaying? If you cannot stand up without leaning against something for stability, or you notice that your balance is off, you are most likely at or over the legal limit; therefore, you are not able to safely operate a motor vehicle.

YOU COMBINED ALCOHOL AND PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS

Some medications and alcohol are not meant to go together. Anti-depressants, for example, can make you dizzy, nauseous, and drowsy with just a few sips of alcohol. If you combined your prescription medications with even one drink, consider calling a cab or having a friend take you home out of precaution.

DO A QUICK VISION TEST

When you arrive at the bar or establishment, pick a vision test point, such as a poster or sign on the wall. Determine how well you can see the wording of that poster or sign without any drinks.

After you have had a few drinks, retest your vision. If the words or letters are blurry or harder to make out, you are impaired. Naturally, you must stand in the same area as you did when you arrived to test, but if your vision changes in any way, you should not be operating a vehicle.

INVEST IN A BREATHALYZER

If you are concerned about drinking and driving, you can buy a personal breathalyzer relatively cheap today. In fact, even the most expensive personal breathalyzer is a fraction of what you would pay in fines, traffic citations, insurance, and penalties for a first-time DUI.

ARRESTED FOR A DUI IN COLORADO? YOU NEED AN ATTORNEY

If you were arrested for driving under the influence in Colorado, you need a criminal defense attorney. Colorado has some of the harshest DUI penalties, including first-time offense penalties. Therefore, you cannot risk defending yourself.
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