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Colorado's new "Red Flag Law"

It doesn’t matter which side you take in the gun debate. Everybody wants the killing to stop. Red flag laws were proposed after the February 14, 2018 shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. These laws change the focus away from reaction to prevention. Colorado is one of 12 states to enact a red flag law since the Parkland shooting.

When to Break Into a Car

A new Colorado law went into effect last month which protects individuals who break into a stranger’s vehicle to save a life – but certain steps must be undertaken to avoid liability or criminal charges. The rescuer must have a reasonable belief that the person or animal is suffering serious bodily harm. Then an attempt must be made to locate the owner of the vehicle or contact law enforcement. As a last resort, the new law allows the rescue by breaking into the vehicle.

Help with Legal Fact Checking

In this age of fake news and loose ideas offered as facts, the American Bar Association has taken on the task of offering reliable answers to current legal issues. The new website, ABA Legal Fact Check, is described by the ABA as the first focusing exclusively on legal matters.

Don’t Throw Out That Phone, My Friend

Mueller v. Swift should be a guidepost for future litigation involving electronically stored information (ESI). In the new age of electronics, individuals must take every step to be sure all data is being preserved. Just as in keeping a paper trail when wanting to document all conversations, one should be keeping an entire electronic trail as well.

No Flood of Lawsuits

Like so much “common wisdom” of our culture, the view that our court system is flooded with lawsuits filed by “trial lawyers” has no factual support. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported this week on statistics provided by the National Center for State Courts, showing a dramatic decrease in personal injury lawsuits. In 1993, about 10 in every 10,000 Americans filed a tort claim but in 2015, the average had dropped to fewer than 2 in every 1,000 people.

Cocktails Result in Crashes

During the heat of the summer it is often tempting to cool off with your favorite cold alcoholic beverage, but preventing drinking and driving is a top priority for Colorado State Patrol. Though the CSP reports a 3.4% decrease in the number of DUI/DUID accidents for the first half of 2017 over the same period of 2016, that still represents 255 crashes resulting in injuries or fatalities.