Lawrence Taylor pleads guilty to DUI, dodges jail time

Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor plead guilty to DUI on Monday, June 19th. The former New York Giant was sentenced to 75 hours community service and 12 months probation after reportedly crashing into a parked police car in Florida. His blood alcohol levels were recorded at .082 and .084, just over the legal limit. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in Denver DUI Defense, Colorado traffic Defense, and Denver criminal defense. Call for a free consultation.

 

NY Post, Todd Venezla, June 19, 2017

Link: http://nypost.com/2017/06/19/lawrence-taylor-pleads-guilty-to-dui-dodges-jail-time/?utm_campaign=iosapp

Fewer People Charged with Driving High

Since Colorado legalized cannabis (marijuana) in 2014, The Colorado State Patrol has kept records of those arrested for driving with THC (the pyscho-active chemical found in marijuana) in their system. In 2015, 665 of 4,546 those charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol or Both had active THC in their system. That number is down 1.3% of the total from 2014. The State Patrol began tracking marijuana-specific citations in what is called “a new era of impaired driving.” One of the fears of legalization is that the number of impaired drivers would spike. This new evidence suggests that this may not be the case. Those caught Driving Under the Influence of THC face the same penalties as those driving under the influence of alcohol: hefty fines, a suspended license, alcohol treatment classes, community service and in many cases jail time. If you have been charged with a DUI or a DUID, you need the best and brightest to ensure your interests are represented at court. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in DUI and DUID Defense. We offer flat rates, competitive pricing and high client satisfaction. Call our Denver office today for a Free Consultation and protect your rights.

Cite: Noelle Phillips, The Denver Post, 2/11/2016

Link: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29504990/fewer-people-charged-colorado-driving-while-high-2015

Law Enforcement Sacks 276 Impaired Drivers During Super Bowl Weekend

The Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado State Patrol were among 76 law enforcement agencies that joined forces Feb. 5 through Feb. 8 for heightened DUI-enforcement period. Super Bowl weekend enforcement resulted in 276 impaired-driving arrests, an increase from the 234 arrests made in 2015. The Aurora and Colorado Springs police departments as well as the Colorado State Patrol recorded the highest arrest totals. “The Heat is On” is a campaign effort funded by the CDOT Highway Safety Office and runs throughout the year focusing on 12 specific periods for “high visibility for impaired driving.” The 12 periods are centered on holidays and public events. The next such event is scheduled for St. Patrick’s Day, which will run for a full week from March 11-18. If you have been arrested for impaired-driving, your privilege to drive and status as a law abiding citizen are in jeopardy. You need a skilled attorney to defend your rights in Court. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in DUI Defense. Our firm has 8 years of experience in DUI and Criminal Defense. Call our office today for a Free Consultation.

Cite: Natalie Munio, The Denver Post, 2/12/2016

Link: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29510443/law-enforcement-sacks-276-impaired-drivers-during-super

Colorado DMV may outsource some Services

Long lines at the Colorado DMV have led to some discussion about whether or not to outsource some services to third-party companies like AAA. Some states, including many in New England, already have this kind of system. A company like AAA would take over Licensing, Driving tests, and vehicle registrations. The benefits would be more availability, including having some third party companies open for weekend and holidays. The concern is that AAA and other third party companies would make the services more expensive. In New England, AAA offers the service free to its members, but in Arizona a customer pays and extra $15 to use a third party for vehicle registration. While cost is a concern, it seems as if that could be dealt with through good legislation. If there is going to be a third party service taking over the DMV, they should have restrictions on what they can charge. “Government works are accountable to the taxpayers.” says Hilary Chigro, field director for Colorado WINS. “Anytime we’re outsourcing that responsibility, it’s a dicey move. Because when we give that authority to a private contractor, we risk losing accountability and transparency for the taxpayer.” The legislation would have to clearly lay out what a third party could and could not do. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in the area of Criminal Defense and DMV matters. Call our office today for a  free consulation.

Cite: Joey Bunch, The Denver Post, 10/13/2015

Link: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_28959013/long-lines-drive-colorado-lawmakers-eye-outsourcing-dmv

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