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Don't drink and drive this Memorial Day weekend

Last Memorial Day weekend, Colorado police caught 331 allegedly impaired drivers. This was part of a combined effort between the Colorado Department of Transportation and law enforcement personnel across the state.

This number reflects fewer driving under the influence (DUI) arrests than the prior year, which saw 390 motorists charged with DUIs during the same Memorial Day timeframe.

Single parents: 4 ways to spend the weekend with your kids

You might have fought months to receive your much-deserved visitation rights. Now you have your children every other weekend. It's a dream come true for you and you want to make the most of your time with your kids.

If you're not sure what kinds of things to do with your children on your weekends together, peruse the following list. Add your own spin to the following activities, and both you and your kids are sure to have a blast.

A DUI can impact your life in more ways than one

A criminal conviction can have serious consequences even beyond the legal ramifications. Even a driving under the influence (DUI) conviction can significantly impact your life in multiple ways. First of all, the DUI will be a permanent mark on your record. From there, it can affect your career, personal life and even your auto insurance rates.

If you are facing a DUI charge in the Loveland area, it is vital to understand how the possible conviction can affect the other aspects of your life. The following includes the three major ways a DUI might affect you.

Tips to help you come out on top in a divorce

When it comes to divorce, it is vital that you take steps to protect your finances. This is especially true if your husband has been the main breadwinner. When you file for divorce, you will not get your share of the divorce settlement immediately. It could take weeks or even months to properly divide your property in Fort Collins, which means that you need to make some preparations to ensure you have the money you need take care of yourself while the divorce is pending.

By making certain preparations, you can protect your finances and come out the other side of your divorce ready to start your new life. The following tips can help you take the necessary steps to get ready.

DUI manslaughter: Ordinary negligence versus gross negligence

Imagine you were driving home from a party on a Saturday evening and you get into a catastrophic car accident. The driver of the other vehicle died, and after police arrived, they arrested you and accused you of DUI manslaughter with gross negligence.

The DUI manslaughter charges came as a surprise to you because you hadn't drunk any alcohol that night. Furthermore, you're confused about what the term "gross negligence" means and how it applies to your criminal charges.

Riding a bicycle drunk can lead to a DUI

You and your friends have been planning a pub crawl through Greeley before the winter weather fully sets in. In order to stay safe and not risk a driving under the influence (DUI) charge or possibly even an accident, you have decided to make it a bike riding event. Unfortunately, in Colorado, you can get a DUI for riding a bike while intoxicated. And, in recent years, Denver and other cities have started taking a hard stand against cyclists riding their bikes while drunk.

Denver adjusted its stance on drinking and cycling after a vehicle was involved in a collision with an intoxicated cyclist. When the cyclist did not receive a DUI, the motorist filed a complaint. As a result, the police department started enforcing drunk driving laws as they apply to cyclists. Many advocates in Colorado, and in other states that enforce strict drinking and cycling laws, have claimed that the harsh treatment will cause more people to make the less safe choice of getting behind the wheel after drinking. Other people argue that increasing the focus on drunk cyclists is not an efficient nor effective way to use police resources.

Too drunk to drive? Be careful if you want to take an in-car nap

Getting a DUI is a financial and legal burden no matter who you are. Not only that, but a DUI conviction can shame you and negatively affect your job prospects for many years to come.

Because of the potential negative effects, and the risk that driving drunk entails, it's understandable that Colorado residents would do anything to avoid driving drunk -- even taking a nap in their automobiles when they realize they're too drunk after getting on the road. However, if you simply pull over and try to sleep off your drunkenness, be warned: Police could still charge you with a DUI.

What is wrongful arrest and can you resist it?

Law enforcement officers are only human, and they are as prone to mistakes and occasional poor judgment as the rest of us. Most of the time, those minor mistakes are easily fixed. Sometimes, however, they can result in the wrongful arrest of someone who committed no crime. Getting arrested when you shouldn't be is humiliating. It can impact your social relationships, your job and even your mental and physical health.

Wrongful arrest happens for a number of reasons. Sometimes it's intentional, other times it's the result of a mistake. It can cause bodily harm, as well as emotional and social damage to the person arrested illegally. Wrongful arrest can contribute to a a criminal defense strategy or even result in a lawsuit against local law enforcement. Knowing your rights, like when police can arrest you or when they can search your home, helps you protect them.

A DUI in my own driveway?

Driving after drinking is always a very serious risk, but in some cases, you may face DUI charges even if you're not actually driving. The law generally frowns upon individuals who exceed the legal limit being in a driver's seat at all.

This brings about an interesting legal conflict — can people receive DUIs in their own driveways? After all, they are not necessarily on a road governed by public traffic laws.

What are the many benefits of a prenuptial agreement?

Once you find that special someone and set a wedding date, you will have a lot on your mind.

While planning your big day is important, you should also turn your attention to the distant future. This may lead you to learn more about the benefits of a prenuptial agreement.

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