Tiger Woods tells Florida cop he was taking Xanax and Vicodin following DUI arrest: report

Former golfer Tiger Woods reportedly was on both Vicodin and Xanax when he was arrested for a DUI on May 29, 2017. Xanax and Vicodin can cause unintended side affects such as drowsiness, unconsciousness, slurred speech, or worse when used together. Although Woods denies being drunk he failed to pass the DUI field sobriety test administered by the police officers who pulled him over. A body camera caught the interaction with police. Tiger Woods will be facing Driving under the Influence of Drugs (DUID) charges. Even if the driver does not intend to drive under the influence, taking medications that impair your ability to drive safely may result in DUI charges. The Law Offices of Steven J Pisani specialize in DUI, traffic ticket, and criminal defense. Call us for a free consultation.


NY Daily News, Graham Rayman


Link: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more-sports/tiger-woods-tells-fla-xanax-dui-arrest-report-article-1.3236042

Driver in Mardi Gras Crash Charged with DUI, Reckless Driving

A 25-year-old bouncer at a daquiri bar, was allegedly driving drunk when he lost control of his vehicle and slammed into 32 people at one of New Orleans’ biggest Mardi Gras parades. Many people were hurt. Police arrived and the driver registered a BAC of .232, almost three times the legal limit of .08 in that state. The driver faces charges of first-degree vehicular negligence, hit-and-run driving, DUI and reckless driving. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in the fields of DUI, and Traffic Ticket Defense. If you have been charged with DUI, Careless Driving, or Reckless Driving, you need a skilled attorney to represent your interests. Call our Denver office today at 303-635-6768 for a Free Consultation.

Cite: Emily Saul, New York Post, 2/26/2017

Link: http://nypost.com/2017/02/26/driver-in-mardi-gras-crash-had-blood-alcohol-level-3-times-legal-limit/

Your driving record may be more important than you think

New information reveals that insurance companies use your driving record to when determining risk. This is not news when it comes to your auto insurance premium, but it does come as a surprise to some that your driving record could be a factor in your Life Insurance and Home Owners Insurance policies. Based on 7.4 million vehicle records from 2006 to 2010 crossed referenced with death records from 2007 to 2010, companies found correlation between a person driving record and likelihood of death. For example, people with serious violations, such as DUI, had a 71% higher death rate than people of the same age with clean driving records or minor violations. In this digital age, your driving record is becoming increasingly important. If you are charged with DUI, Reckless Driving, or any other type of traffic offense, call our office. We can help keep your record clean. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in the field of Criminal Defense. Call our Denver office today for a free consultation.

Cite: Barbara Marquand, USA Today, 1/13/2017

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2017/01/13/your-driving-record-insurance-companies-crystal-ball/96471612/

Mass. Court Rules that Black Men Fleeing Police is Reasonable

The Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts has ruled that a documented “pattern of racial profiling of black males in the city of Boston,” makes an instinctive reaction to flee reasonable. “We do not eliminate flight as a factor in the reasonable suspicion analysis whenever a black male is the subject of an investigatory stop. However, in such circumstances, flight is not necessarily probative of a suspect’s state of mind or consciousness of guilty,” the decision reads. The law goes a long way to protecting common-sense reactions but fails in its scope. Why is this only limited to black males? Surely, given recent events of police shootings and unlawful civil forfeiture, everyone has an instinctive reaction to flee. Earlier, this office wrote a blog about a woman who had plead guilty to Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance after a flawed roadside chemical test read that her Advil was Crack Cocaine. Surely she now has an instinctive miss-trust of police. How about the Police in Mesa County who used a S.W.A.T. team to raid the wrong house? Surely that family has reason to flee from the police. The decision is a step in the right direction but is flawed and inherently racist. All peoples should have this protection. Fleeing the cops should not be used to demonstrate guilt or for reasonable suspicion that criminal activity is afoot. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in the field of Criminal Defense. We know that not all cops are out to protect society. If you have been wrongfully charged with an offense don’t hesitate to give our office a call.


Cite: Kenya Downs, PBS, 9/22/2016

Link: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/black-men-fleeing-police-reasonable-massachusetts-highest-court-rules/

Former NY Knick Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

Once again there was an example that criminal law and specifically driving under the influence affects citizens in all walks of life. Former New York Knick,  Iman Shumpert, was arrested over the weekend on charges of DUI. Originally drafted in the first round by the New York Knicks in 2011 and  later traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2015, he was part of the 2016 championship team. Inman was reportedly pulled over for a lane violation. On scene, Fayette County Police found a jar with marijuana in his car. Inman reportedly admitted to smoking but refused a blood test out of fear of being recognized. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in DUI and Traffic Ticket Defense. Steven Pisani has over a decade experience in the field of Criminal Defense. Our office offers competitive pricing and flat rate retainer fees. Contact our Denver office today for a Free Consultation.

Cite: Justin Tasch, New York Daily News, 9/9/2016

Link: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/iman-shumpert-arrested-august-suspicion-dui-cavs-article-1.2784629

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

Retired Army Colonel Kills Colorado State Trooper, DUI suspected

Drinking and driving is the great equalizer. While most people may feel they are insulated from committing crimes, DUI charges can happen to anyone of any class and profession. Here,  Retired Army Col. Eric Henderson was arrested after investigators say he answered an officer’s questions with glassy eyes, slurred speech, and the smell of alcohol, and an admission of drinking alcohol. Henderson was at the Broncos game on 11/15/2015 and was driving home when his car hit a CSP officer. State Trooper Jaimie Jursevics was on the side of Interstate I-25 motioning a different driver to the shoulder of the road. Reports indicate that Henderson struck Jursevics, killing her instantly.  Henderson retired in 2013 out of Fort Carson where he worked in the Space and Missile Defense Command/ Army Forces Strategic Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado. Henderson has no previous arrests, and had his first appearance on 11/17/2015. Henderson may not be a dangerous criminal, but he may have made a very serious error in judgement. It can happen to anyone. If you have been charged with a DUI, or any other Drunk Driving related offense don’t hesitate to give our office a call. The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in the area of Criminal Defense. Call our Denver office today for a free consultation.

Cite: Jesse Paul, The Denver Post, 11/16/2015

Link: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29124093/colorado-state-patrol-ids-trooper-killed-castle-rock

College and DUI’s in Colorado

Dealing with a DUI in college

Drunk driving is becoming a common issue among college students,
and according to a recent survey carried out, 1 out of 5 college
students admitted to drunk driving, whereas 40% of them have confirmed
having ridden with a drunk driver. This is an alarmingly high rate of
drunk driving, and the situation gets worse when students reach the
legal driving age of 21 years.
Problems faced by students charged with DUI

If you find yourself facing a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) charge,
you need to get legal help immediately. This is important to avoid being
charged with heavy fines, spending time in jail and attending alcohol treatment
programs which can hamper not only your college life but also your future. One
of the major problems faced by students charged with drunk driving is to get legal
help, and hiring an attorney. DUI attorneys can be extremely expensive, and most
students cannot afford them. This is when students can get help from the legal
services offered by their Community College.
Legal Services offered by Community College

If you are a student facing drunk driving charges, you might be able to get help
from your Community College. Most community colleges not only provide assistance
to their students on how to prevent a DUI charge, but they also help them deal with
DUI charges and may also offer DUI preventive programs along with alcohol and substance
abuse programs.

Some community colleges even help students who need legal support and they may arrange
the financial means to pay for a professional lawyer. Other community colleges even have
programs that provide their current students with free or reduced cost lawyers. No matter
what type of drunk driving charge the student may be facing, the Community College can provide
free access or a reduced cost service to their students to help them in their legal ramifications.
Alcohol Treatment and Abuse programs

Depending on the severity of the charges in a DUI case, the court can order the individual
guilty of drunk driving to attend an alcohol and substance abuse program. Community colleges
also help their students charged with DUI by offering approved DUI classes and they also increase
awareness among students of the dangers of alcohol abuse. These programs and classes teach their
participants facts about alcohol use and abuse and help their struggling students to overcome their
Other Prevention Efforts

Community Colleges also take other measures to prevent alcohol abuse in college, to avoid students
getting involved in a DUI charge. The Warren County Community College in Washington provides their
students to attend “Save a Life Tour” which gives the students an opportunity to drive in a drunk
driving simulator. The purpose of the entire simulation is to demonstrate to the students how drunk
driving impairs proper motor functioning. Innovative educational programs like these offered by Community
Colleges allow students to make safer and smarter choices while they drive.

Remember that as a college student charged with drunk driving, you need to take the charges seriously,
as ignoring to do so can lead to the suspension of your drivers license and it can also affect your
ability to obtain student loans, apply to other colleges and universities for higher education and find
a proper job after you get out of college.

Colorado Felony DUI Bill enacted

After a long legislative battle, the Felony DUI bill (HB15-1043) passed.  Colorado just one of five states without a felony DUI law.


In the end, the bill that passed was significantly scaled back from the original draft. The new statute will create a class 4 felony AFTER three or more prior convictions for DWAI, DUI, or DUI per se, DUID, vehicular homicide, or vehicular assault, arising out of separate distinct criminal episodes.


The bill changes the penalty for aggravated driving with a revoked license from a class 6 felony to a class 1 misdemeanor but requires a sentencing court to ensure that an offender spends a minimum of 60 days in a county jail.


In addition, the bill requires that if the court sentences the defendant to the DOC for a felony DUI, DUI per se, or DWAI offense, it must determine that incarceration is the most suitable option given the facts and circumstances of the case, including the defendant’s willingness to participate in treatment. The court shall also consider whether all other reasonable and appropriate sanctions and responses to the violation that are available to the court have been exhausted and do not appear likely to be successful, or if there is an unacceptable risk to public safety.


The bill also allows for community corrections residential treatment as a condition of probation for a third alcohol related offense in seven years. It allows for interlock for a multiple DUI offender for at least two, and up to five, years, and also mandates interlock for offenders on parole after conviction of Felony DUI.   


As an organization and as individuals, we certainly do not want to minimize the impact or seriousness of impaired driving; however, research does not support the creation of a felony crime for the purpose of decreasing drunk-driving incidents. Rates of drunk-driving are no lower in states that have felony DUI laws and, while prison can “protect” society by keeping someone locked up and unable to cause harm, the prison system does little to rehabilitate the offender or make them less likely to re-offend. In fact, the incarceration time could make an addict more likely to re-offend by destabilizing his or her life in such a powerful way; loss of social connections; loss of employment; and the added stress of being a felon. Evidence supports increased early interventions, including DUI courts, to decrease rates of drunk driving accidents. Unfortunately, these facts did not sway the politicians, who were convinced by public sentiment.


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